• Waitress Claims Manager Groped and Harassed Workers
  • March 22, 2017 | Author: Joseph R. Hugg
  • Law Firm: Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. - New Orleans Office
  • On January 25, Olive Garden waitress Amanda Baker filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that former general manager at the Bay Shore, New York Olive Garden, James Kaiser, sexually harassed the female workers, hired based on perceived attractiveness and traded raises and promotions for sex. Baker claims that Olive Garden and its parent company Darden Restaurants, Inc. failed to take action against Kaiser after an initial complaint that accused him of groping a waitresses' breasts and telling her it reminded him of why he had hired her. Kaiser was not reprimanded and was instead allowed to take leave for anxiety. Baker was unaware that he had not been fired until he returned from leave and resumed his previous behavior. According to Baker, he required her to take cigarette breaks with him in a "secluded dumpster area" almost every shift. On these breaks, Kaiser would allegedly subject Baker to sex talk, including commenting on other waitresses' bodies and what they would be like in bed. The lawsuit claims that Kaiser also offered raises and promotions to waitresses who would agree to have sex with him. Kaiser's boss Fred Naclerio was aware of the harassment, but did not fire Kaiser until he groped another waitress after his return from leave.