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Woman claims Waffle House CEO forced her into sexual favors

The Chief Executive Officer of Waffle House has been sued by a former employee for sexual harassment. The case came to light in early September, but the woman who filed the lawsuit had to rescind it and then refile the claim in a different county.

The woman alleges that Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers harassed her and forced her to perform sexual favors so that she could keep her job. The woman began working for Rogers in 2003 and stayed with the company until this past May; and she says the harassment lasted for nearly the entirety of her tenure.

According to the woman, she was required to give Rogers massages and that things "escalated from there." She went along with the harassment because she is a single mom and feared losing her job.

The situation this woman was put in is called quid pro quo harassment, which entails the victim having to perform some sort of act (in this case, sexual favors) in order to get something work-related in exchange (in this case, the woman kept her job). Quid pro quo is devastating for the victim -- who is blackmailed into the acts -- and it can cause a very hostile work environment that is unfair not only (but especially) for the victim, but other workers as well.

Victims involved with quid pro quo or sexual harassment situations can often feel that they somehow contributed to the incident; and they can convince themselves that because of this, they do not have any legal options to pursue. This certainly is not the case, as any sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal and unfair to you.

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Waffle House CEO denies sexual harassment allegations by former assistant," Christian Boone, Nov. 9, 2012

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