BOUCHON RESTAURANT & THOMAS KELLER RESTAURANT GROUP WERE VERY NAUGHTY
According to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on August 24, 2023, the owners and operators of such esteemed restaurants as the French Laundry, Bouchon Bistro, and Bouchon Bakery, allegedly violated federal law by allowing sexual harassment at their Las Vegas establishment.
Apparently, both male and female employees were subjected to “unwanted and repeated sexual advances, sexual comments, sexually offensive conduct, and unwelcome physical contact.” Yet, notwithstanding employees’ complaints, the companies in question failed to take appropriate action.
Believing that such conduct violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the EEOC filed civil litigation (EEOC v. KVP, LP, et al., Case No. 2:23-cv-01308) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief.
In a written statement, Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Los Angeles District, noted that, “Sexual harassment in the restaurant and hospitality industry is a common charge made to the EEOC …. Employers have an obligation to ensure their worksites are free from harassment and retaliation and address such behavior if it arises.”
What they were cooking up over there, wasn't hospitable at all.
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