On March 16, a former lead kitchen worker at Chipotle filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that she and other women were sexually harassed by four managers. Among other claims, the former employee says that the managers would use security cameras to spy on women arriving to go to a nearby fitness center.
She also says that a shirt was ordered for her that was too small and that the managers would make lewd comments about her own and other women’s bodies. According to the lawsuit, one manager would forcibly try to hug her as well as touching her under her shirt.
Chipotle has said that it does not comment on pending lawsuits, and it is unclear whether or not the four managers are still working there. The woman was employed at the restaurant from December 2013 until Feb. 10, 2015, when she was fired. She is seeking damages for discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment and wrongful termination.
Regardless of their gender, employees who feel that they are experiencing sexual harassment at work or find themselves in a hostile working environment might find it advisable to meet with an employment law attorney to discuss their options. Harassment can occur even when the perpetrator is the same gender as the victim. Legal counsel can suggest ways in which the harassment should be best handled. For example, in some cases, a single comment might not be enough to establish a pattern of sexual harassment, but the person may want to document it or speak to a supervisor in accordance with company guidelines.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, “Former Chipotle employee files lawsuit over ‘sexually charged atmosphere,’,” Jonathan Lloyd, March 17, 2016