Thursday, July 10, 2008

More Like the Beefcake Factory

The East Valley Tribune -- which I delivered as a boy -- is reporting that three (and possibly more) male employees at a Cheesecake Factory in Chandler, Ariz., claim they were sexually harassed by other male workers, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The suit alleges the three plaintiffs' genitals were "grabbed by other workers and they were bumped from behind in a sexual manner on multiple occasions."

The suit contends sexual remarks were made during the harassment and that the Cheesecake Factory failed to prevent or correct the reported problem.

"Employers who subject individuals to harassment based on sex are violating federal law," said Mary Jo O'Neill, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Phoenix District office. "Sexual harassment against men is just as egregious as against women."

She's absolutely right, although it's way funnier.

It just so happens that Michael and I ate at the offending location when we were home visiting my family in April. Not a single staffer did anything inappropriate to us -- although I was offended by the huge portions they served. Does that count?

Getting our cheesecake on: Me with my brother Terence and our adorable friends Mary and Kristin, who are sisters
Mary tries to come between Michael and me (and it would probably work -- look at her!)
Terence puts some meat in this sister sammich

1 comment:

Jerry said...

They should also be sued for the ridiculous amount of time they make you wait to be seated. One time I went and the hostess handed me the little "beeper" and said 125 minutes...I had to get out my calculator to figure out how long that would be! Who talks like that???