Two New York City restaurant employees who had made allegations of harassment against their employers will finally get their day in court. A court has refused to throw out the women's weight harassment lawsuit.
In their lawsuit, the women allege that they were subjected to harassment and maltreatment in the workplace, all based on their weight. The women who worked in the restaurant complained that all the waitresses at the restaurant were put through a weigh-in. The lawsuit accuses the employers of forcibly weighing the female employees when they objected, by simply picking them up and dumping them on the scale.
The results of the weight measurements were then posted on the Internet for all to see. The women were also subjected to humiliation when male staff members posted jokes about their weight, and made fun of them. When the women complained about the behavior of their male colleagues and managers, they were fired.
The two women filed a workplace harassment lawsuit against their employers, seeking $15 million in damages. The employers asked the court to throw out the charges against them, but the court has refused. Both sides are now waiting for the case to go to trial.
A closer look at the details of the lawsuit will indicate to a California sexual harassment lawyer that there was more than just harassment about the women's weight going on here. The women allege that during the course of this harassment, they were frequently touched inappropriately. The women were also made the target of obscene jokes based on their appearance.
The restaurant denies that the women had been fired for making complaints about the behavior of male managers and colleagues at the restaurant. According to the restaurant, the reasons for the termination were valid and legitimate. The restaurant claims that they were fired because they were frequently breaking rules, and were tardy.