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Four former employees sue Golden Corral restaurant
The two men and two women say they were sexually harassed at the Port Richey business.
By Times Staff Writer
Published January 16, 2008
PORT RICHEY - Four ex-employees of the Golden Corral restaurant on U.S. 19 filed suit against their former employer in Pasco-Pinellas Circuit Court on Tuesday. The two men and two women allege that in 2006 they were repeatedly sexually harassed and improperly touched by three male employees, including an associate manager.
The suit said the three men repeatedly propositioned the other four for sex, cornered them and grabbed them, creating a "hostile work environment" and violating their civil rights.
One of the victims said he was fired in "retaliation" for complaining. Palm Harbor attorney Chris Gray said his clients reported the alleged abuse to management, which did nothing.
"It was egregious because it was very widespread," Gray said, "and it was happening on a daily basis."
No one named in the suit works at Golden Corral anymore, Gray said.
A call for comment to Golden Corral's corporate headquarters in North Carolina on Tuesday was not returned.
Gray said an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission inquiry backed up his clients' allegations. But the agency said Tuesday that it could not comment.