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Highland Restaurant Subject of State Harassment Claims

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November 20, 2013 — The State says it has sufficient evidence for two discrimination charges, involving harassment claims, lodged against a Highland restaurant.

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission’s (ICRC) Deputy Director Akia Haynes announced today two “significant sexual harassment charges against Les Brothers Restaurant and Pancake House in Highland, Indiana.”  It says both complaints involve female employees alleging they were subjected to repeated incidents of sexual harassment.

The ICRC says both complaints by the female employees say they were waitresses at Les Brothers Restaurant and Pancake House, where they reported multiple incidents of sexual harassment by the restaurant’s owner as well as other male employees, including, “verbal and physical behavior that ranged from sexual comments and derogatory name calling to inappropriate touching and grabbing of their breasts and buttocks.”

The Commission says that, “Despite both women telling the restaurant owner’s son about the behavior, nothing was done.  Despite the restaurant’s owner’s denials, there is sufficient evidence to believe discrimination occurred given their similar accounts of a hostile work environment.”

It says its finding of probable cause does not resolve a civil rights complaint;  it shows that the State of Indiana has concluded its preliminary investigation with the determination that sufficient evidence supports a reasonable suspicion that the Indiana Civil Rights Law has been violated.

It says that in order for complainants to prevail in either case, “the women must show that:  (1) they are a member of a protected class, (2) the comments/actions were sufficiently severe and/or pervasive that it interfered with their work performance, (3) they made it known that the comments were unwelcome, and (4) management failed to take corrective action to address the hostile work environment.”

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission enforces the Indiana Civil Rights Law.


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