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Posted On: November 22, 2010 by Peter M. LaSorsa

Tony's Restaurant Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit For $75,000

Illinois based Tony’s Restaurant pays $75,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") on behalf of a teenaged hostess and two young female cooks who were subjected to sexual harassment. According to the lawsuit while working at Tony’s Restaurant, Kristie Comer, an 18-year-old high school student, was subjected to sexual harassment. The sexual harassment was perpetrated by Tony’s Lounge vice president, Michael Ventimiglia and included repeated unwelcome sexual advances, touching and sexually explicit comments. In addition to that sexual harassment Ventimiglia subjected at least two other young female employees to similar conduct.

Verntimiglia in no longer working for the company and as part of the settlement the company agreed not to rehire him. This is common in the settlement process and hopefully future employers will take note of this conduct. It is important that employers who hire young women, give extra training in sexual harassment to them and the men that supervise them. The young women need to know their rights and how to file a complaint without fear.

“Sexual harassment of teenage girls is a recurring problem in the restaurant industry,” said James R. Neely, Jr., EEOC attorney. Teenage girls and young women are particularly susceptible to sexual harassment and are frequently targeted by sexual predators."

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