A Pennsylvania restaurant has recently agreed to settle a sexual harassment and sexual discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee for approximately $20,000. The claim, which was filed in the United States District Court in Erie, Pennsylvania, alleged that one of the restaurant’s co-owners, Peter West, routinely made vulgar remarks toward female workers. In particular, West’s statements often referenced the women’s physical appearances and related to sexual acts.
One of West’s employees, Dorothy Hannah, complained about West’s inappropriate comments, particularly ones directed at her, in which she was described as being “stupid,” “fat,” and “ugly.” When Hannah reported West’s rude and hostile behavior to other managers, she claims that her grievances fell on deaf ears. Eventually, Hannah could no longer put up with the mistreatment and decided to resign and file a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).