Employers can be held responsible for the workplace sexual harassment of an employee by co-workers if they knew or should have known about the conduct and did nothing to stop it.
New York, New York (PRWEB) December 29, 2011
A former waiter at Babbo has filed a workplace sexual harassment lawsuit against the well-known West Village restaurant, reported the New York Daily News (12/22/2011).
In his sexual harassment lawsuit, Eugene Gibbons alleged he was sexually harassed by male co-workers while celebrity chef and Babbo owner Mario Batali and business partner Joe Bastianich took no action to stop it, said the New York tabloid.
Gibbons claimed that the sexual harassment in the workplace started in January and continued until he quit this month. Allegedly, he wrote a number of letters complaining to management, but the harassment continued despite his efforts, reported the New York Post (12/23/2011).
“Employers can be held responsible for the workplace sexual harassment of an employee by co-workers if they knew or should have known about the conduct and did nothing to stop it,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms.
According to the lawsuit, reported the NYDN, male co-workers harassed Gibbons at work, including smacking his buttocks regularly and grabbing his genitals.
The former waiter is suing for unspecified damages to cover back pay and "emotional distress," according to the New York Post.
“When an employee, male or female, complains to a manager about sexual harassment in the workplace, an immediate investigation of the charge should occur,” said Perecman, a New York civil rights violation lawyer for over 30 years.
New York civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm have handled a number of cases throughout New York for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. For more information, please contact The Perecman Firm at http://www.perecman.com.
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