LOS ANGELES, Oct. 24, 2016 — Cortney Shegerian of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates recently issued a statement regarding the news Chipotle has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with a former employee for $7.65 million.
A young girl employed by Chipotle was pressured into committing sexual acts by her manager and his supervisor, according to the complaint. Instead of immediately taking disciplinary action, Chipotle chose to award one of the harassers with several promotions.
“What’s even more repugnant about this case is the fact the victim was a minor,” Shegerian says. “She was forced to deal with an issue no 16-year-old should ever have to handle, but luckily, she had the courage to speak out against her adult supervisors and demand the justice she deserves.”
“Despite the verdict in this case, Chipotle has yet to apologize to the victim or accept responsibility,” Shegerian continues. “In fact, Chipotle’s attorneys had the audacity to claim the 16-year-old welcomed the sexual conduct, even though minors under the age of 17 cannot consent to sexual activity in Texas.”
“The first step to preventing sexual harassment in the workplace is admitting it’s a problem, and it seems as if Chipotle is unwilling to do so,” Shegerian says. “Chipotle’s denial sends a message to other employees within the organization that sexual harassment is not taken seriously. Unfortunately, this is probably not the last time a sexual harassment case will be brought against the corporation.”
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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