A 16-year-old employee of Playa Bowls will receive $20,000 in compensation after allegedly falling victim to unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors by her supervisor.
The supervisor allegedly inappropriately touched her back and arms on multiple occasions and asked another co-worker if the girl would have sex with him. Additionally, the girl said she witnessed the harassment of others, including her supervisor pushing another female coworker’s head down his genitals.
A former server at the Voorhees Diner alleged he was on the receiving end of harassment based on his sexual orientation. Brian Peeke, who is gay, claimed that due to the harassment, which included the repeated and pervasive use of slurs, he had to resign from his job as a server.
“Studies have shown that sexual harassment is pervasive in the restaurant industry,” said New Jersey Division of Civil Rights Director Rachel Wainer Apter in a statement. “These settlements should encourage all restaurant owners to make clear to all employees and managers that sexual harassment will not be tolerated, to develop anti-sexual-harassment policies and procedures for employees to follow if they need to file complaints, and to provide training to managers and staff.”
Both restaurants have agreed to train their employees on workplace sexual harassment prevention. Both restaurants deny the allegations in full.