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Famous chef faces sexual harassment charges

It is not uncommon for the owner or manager of a California business to set the tone for the way people are treated within the establishment. An owner who treats his or her employees with respect and dignity may find that those workers share that respect and perpetuate the behavior. On the other hand, when employers abuse or objectify their staff members, they may inadvertently permit others to do the same, creating a hostile atmosphere. The owner of a posh restaurant in another state is currently under fire for establishing an atmosphere that encouraged sexual harassment.

Todd English may be much lauded in food circles, but more than one staff member has accused him and others on his staff of inappropriate behavior. One of the celebrity chef's restaurants is known for its unique dining experience and enormous reception hall, and it was in this hall that a server was working a private party when English approached her and allegedly began to harass her. The server claims he behaved as if he were intoxicated and began to kiss her, making sexual comments.

Apparently, this was not an isolated incident. Six other employees of the establishment have filed complaints against the hotel that houses the restaurant. They accuse English of fostering a hostile and toxic environment that includes sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation. One employee also reported finding a noose in his locker soon after he converted to Messianic Judaism.

When a coveted job becomes unbearable, an employee may have to make difficult choices. However, one of those choices should never be to accept sexual harassment. Laws exist to protect people from such treatment on the job, and obtaining the assistance of a California attorney can be the first step to seeking justice.

Source: New York Daily News, "Celebrity chef at Plaza Hotel charged with sexual harassment", Stephen Rex Brown, Oct. 4, 2017

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