“Wanna to Test It Out, Let Me Know” – Penis Pic Sexual Harassment

“Wanna to Test It Out, Let Me Know” – Penis Pic Sexual Harassment
Fries With That? It's Never Okay for Fast Food Managers Can't Send Porn Messages to Employees

Unwelcome Masturbation Videos from Your Boss Are Illegal

Everyone has their “favorite” bad pick up line. Unfortunately some jerks are beyond clueless and tasteless, they seriously cross the line. Take for example the manager of a Long John Silver’s restaurant manager in Centralia, Illinois. He allegedly sent two videos of himself masturbating to a 17 year old female employee along with a message that said, “If you wanna to test it out, let me know.”

She obviously didn’t want anything to do with his crude offer. In fact, other female employees at the restaurant were also unhappy and complained of unwelcome physical contact, sexual comments and propositions. Unfortunately their complaints were ignored. Ultimately that resulted in the lawsuit filed this month by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The complaint says,

(a) These practices included, but are not limited to, subjecting a group of aggrieved female employees to harassment because of their sex, including unwelcome and offensive physical contact and sexual comments and propositions. For example, a male manager sent two videos of himself masturbating to the seventeen-year-old Aggrieved Individual, asked her repeatedly “did you like it,” and wrote “if you wanna test it out let me know.”

(b) As a result of employee reports and otherwise, Long John Silver’s knew or should have known about the harassment.

(c) Long John Silvers  failed to prevent and/or remedy the harassment. Even after Long John Silver’s received complaints about the harassment, Long John Silver’s did not take disciplinary action against the harassers, and the harassment continued.

(d) Long John Silver’s also failed to train its employees about its policies against sexual harassment or how to complain of sexual harassment.

Worse, when the 17 year old employee complained about the harassment, her hours were cut. (Retaliation is a separate violation of the law.)

The complaint seeks back wages, interest, attorney’s fees and punitive damages. An EEOC spokesperson issued a statement saying,

“Long John Silver’s had ample opportunity to stop the harassment and failed to do so. By looking the other way, it put its employees in harm’s way and its company at risk for this lawsuit.”

We remind readers that the EEOC's complaint was just filed. We do not yet know whether Long John Silvers intends on admitting or denying the government's allegations.

The EEOC has recently brought several actions against food service businesses and seems to be focused on cases involving teen workers. Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, harassment or discrimination based on gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, pregnancy, age, or disability is illegal.

Our national team and network of sexual harassment lawyers represents victims of sexual harassment anywhere in the United States. We concentrate on the restaurant and hospitality industry where sexual harassment remains rampant.  

To learn more, please visit our food service industry sexual harassment information page. Are you receiving unwanted “dick pic” or sexting from a co-worker? You may also wish to visit our sexting sexual harassment information page.

Many workers, some teens, have been awarded millions of dollars. While not everyone can expect those results, taking action means taking control of your own destiny and helping ensure that others who follow you won’t have to suffer.

To see if you have a case, contact us online, by email [hidden email] or by phone 877-858-8018. All inquiries kept confidential. If we don’t have a lawyer nearby chances are we know someone.

[Photo courtesy of Tareq Ismail on Unsplash]

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