Sexism claims spur staff walkout at Gordon Ramsay's London NYC restaurant

The law firm of Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C. filed a sexual harassment complaint yesterday on behalf of Chef Janet Kim, against her employer, London NYC Hotel, and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.  Chef Janet Kim claims sexual harassment is running rampant in the restaurant and that Ramsay’s influence and popularity with the staff is causing a toxic work environment.“It’s outrageous that someone as famous as Gordon Ramsay . . . would allow this to go on” added Jeffrey K. Brown, one of Ms. Kim’s attorneys.

In her complaint, Kim alleges that she was groped, called a “whore” and propositioned for oral sex.  When she finally complained, she was forced to make tiny hors d’oeuvres in what her male colleagues derisively called “the c–t corner.”  After filing a complaint with the State, and taking some time off of work, Kim returned to hostile work environment. However, her colleagues refused to work with her because of her harassment claim.  As a result of the walk out, all of the workers have been suspended without pay. The restaurant is not expected to open until Tuesday.  Full article: New York Post article

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.  When investigating allegations of sexual harassment, EEOC looks at the whole record: the circumstances, such as the nature of the sexual advances, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. A determination on the allegations is made from the facts on a case-by-case basis.  For more information: EEOC Website.

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