Erie, Pennsylvania based Ricardo’s Restaurant agreed in March 2014 to pay $20,000 to settle an EEOC sexual harassment lawsuit.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ricardo’s Restaurant co-owner Peter West created a sexually hostile work environment for female employees.
The EEOC claims that West routinely made offensive and sexual comments to female employees, including frequent statements about various sex acts, such as, “Did you get f—-d today?”
Peter West allegedly engaged in unwelcome touching of female employees in a sexual manner. He also regularly commented on the bodies of female employees and called women derogatory and belittling names.
One of the employees allegedly complained about West’s improper conduct, but he allegedly ignored her repeated requests to stop using sexually explicit language.
The EEOC claims that West’s harassment was so intolerable that one of the employees was forced to quit.
EEOC District Director Spencer H. Lewis, Jr. said, “The EEOC receives many sexual harassment charges against restaurants. This settlement should remind all restaurant owners and managers that EEOC will take action, including litigation, when appropriate, to stop this kind of misconduct at the workplace.”