LOS ANGELES— Attorney Carney Shegerian, founder of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates, recently released comments on sexual harassment claims against struggling restaurant chain, Chipotle. An ex-employee of a Los Angeles branch has accused managers of sexual harassment, wrongful termination and retaliation.
“These allegations could not have come at a worse time for the already embattled Chipotle,” said Shegerian. “But the main takeaway point here is that a company must have a sound and rigorous sex discrimination policy in place and train workers to adhere to its dictates. It’s crucial for companies to maintain a culture of zero tolerance for sexual harassment, or the results can be extremely detrimental to the business – even before a case gets to trial.”
“Here, an employee is complaining of inappropriate touching and lewd comments regarding gender, and those are typical allegations for a sexual harassment case,” Shegerian went on to say. “Unfortunately, instances similar to this case go unchecked in workforces across America and often continue until one employee is brave enough to speak out about it and take matters to court.”
“Again, it’s essential that workers are trained to respond to complaints of sex discrimination with sincerity and according to well-established anti-discrimination laws, ” Shegerian commented. “When a company’s response is to add even more harassing comments to the situation, that can be the last straw for some workers, and at that point the company can expect a costly battle.”
Located in Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm specializing in protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged by their employers. Richly experienced in labor and employment law and possessing an unparalleled success record as litigators, Shegerian & Associates is passionately dedicated to serving the needs of its clients. For more information about the firm, visit www.ShegerianLaw.com.
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