On November 5, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against popular Atlanta-area restaurant nightclub Taboo 2 Bar and Bistro in Roswell, GA.
The EEOC claims that six female employees were subjected to sexually hostile work environment that included “repeated incidents of verbal and physical harassment” and “conditioning work assignments, discipline, work scheduling and earning potential on submission to sexual favors.”
The following are some of the allegations that the EEOC made in their lawsuit complaint:
Through most of the term of her employment, Smith claims she was subjected to unwelcome sexual comments, physical touching and indecent exposures by her boss, Dartez Daniel. Daniel allegedly subjected Smith to unwelcome groping of he body in a sexual manner, explicit sex related comments, requests for sexual favors, and promises of better working assignments and monetary benefits if she engaged in sexual acts.
Smith claims that Daniel repeatedly exposed his penis to her and requested that she touch it or perform oral sex on him. Daniel allegedly rubbed his crotch against her.
In response to Smith’s rejection of Daniel’s sexual advances, Daniel allegedly refused to assign her to job duties which would allow her to earn higher wages and negatively changed her work schedule, which resulted in less earning opportunities.
Wimbley claims that Daniel rubbed his hands on her breasts and groped her buttocks. Owner and manager Thomas Dixon allegedly sexually harassed Wimbly by attempting to guess her bra size, telling her that he wanted her to be his girlfriend, and offering her living arrangements in a condominium in exchange for sexual favors.
Daniel allegedly offered to forego work related discipline for Wimbley in exchange for sex, and on another occasion offered to cover a cash shortage for Wimbley in exchange for sex. Wimbley’s work hours were allegedly diminshed after her rejection of Daniel’s sexual advances.
Throughout the term of her employment Mills was subjected to unwelcome sexual comments and physical touching by Dartez Daniel. For example, Mills claims that Daniel repeatedly touched her breasts, groped her buttocks, rubbing his crotch area against her body, and exposing his penis to Mills while stating, “I want to see what your mouth feels like.”
In response to Mills’ rejection of sexual advances by Daniel, she was allegedly assigned to less profitable sections of the restaurant and her work schedule was negatively affected.
McDaniel claims that Dartez Daniel repeatedly made sexual comments, repeatedly groped her buttocks, and requested to come to her house for sexual favors. McDaniel claims that Thomas Dixon talked about the size of his penis.
Mitchell and Tomkins claim that Daniel repeatedly touched her breasts, groped her buttocks, made sexually explicit comments, and asked her for sexual favors. Mitchell and Tomkins allege that they were assigned to less profitable sections of the restaurant after their rejection of Daniel’s sexual advances.
Mitchell also alleges that Daniel told her that she should perform oral sex for him in exchange for him assigning her to a section of the restaurant where she could earn higher tips.
According to the complaint, the women complained to Taboo 2 Bar and Bistro managers about the unwelcome sex-based conduct, but the company allegedly failed to take any measures reasonably calculated to stop the harassment or to prevent it from recurring.
Five of the six women claim that the duration and totality of the sexually offensive conduct to which they were subjected, and the company’s failure to stop the conduct, made their working conditions so intolerable that they were compelled to resign.
This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the U.S. District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.