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Chipotle faces sexual harassment lawsuit

When a person in Texas believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment, it is within his or her rights to take legal action. One employee in a recent out-of-state case claimed that she and other female employees at a Chipotle establishment were sexually harassed. She has filed a sexual harassment suit against the company.

According to the suit, four managers at the restaurant created an atmosphere that was sexually charged, directing their attention toward female workers as well as customers. The plaintiff claimed that the managers utilized security cameras to watch women whom they found to be attractive. The woman started working for the establishment in December 2013 and was terminated in February of this year.

While working at Chipotle, she was a lead worker in the kitchen. She said one manager intentionally ordered a shirt for her that was too small for her and made comments about her breasts. Another manager is accused of forcibly hugging her and touching her beneath her shirt. Yet another manager has been blamed for calling female workers offensive names. In her lawsuit, the woman is seeking an unspecified amount in damages based on the allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

Employers in have a legal duty in Texas to prevent their workers from being sexually harassed. When they fail to do this, they could be held financially responsible. An aggrieved worker has the right to file a sexual harassment claim. If successful, it may lead to an award of monetary damages to the plaintiff.

Source: dailynews.com, "Ex-Chipotle employee sues, alleges sexual harassment at Woodland Hills location", March 16, 2016

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