A lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and charged the manager of several IHOP locations in the Midwest, Lee Broadnax, with sexual harassment of female employees. According to the attorneys for the plaintiffs, the women were forced to resign because they could no longer tolerate the harassment they were subjected to.
If the allegations are true, this manager sounds like the sleaziest of dudes.
Broadnax allegedly subjected the female workers to pervasive sexual comments, unwelcome physical contact and sexual innuendo, and was said to have created a hostile work environment. The suit was filed on behalf of Jami Juarez and a group of women claiming sexual harassment charges against Broadnax.
According a statement by EEOC attorneys regarding the lawsuit, a server was consistently called vulgar and harassing names while on the clock. The manager-owner of the IHOP had also allegedly asked her to dance on a “stripper pole” in his office.
Why does this guy even have a stripper pole in his office?
When the server complained about this, she was let go from her position.
The lawsuit targets the management companies that operate the six restaurants involved.
DineEquity Inc., parent company of IHOP, declined to comment on the matter.
The plaintiffs are currently seeking lost wages and damages, as well as indicative relief that something like this will not happen again in the future.
Sorry dude, but your pancakes are tainted with sexism.