Supervisor at North Carolina McDonald’s franchise sexually assaulted 16-year-old employee, suit alleges
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Friday, August 9, 2019

Supervisor at North Carolina McDonald’s franchise sexually assaulted 16-year-old employee, suit alleges

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.

Among other things, the male supervisor allegedly sexually assaulted the young woman.

A North Carolina corporation that operates a chain of seven McDonald's fast food restaurants violated Title VII when it subjected a female employee who was only 16 years old at the time to sexual harassment, including sexual assault, by a male supervisor, according to a lawsuit filed by the EEOC on August 7.

Supervisor harassment. In December 2017, a "people manager" at Par Ventures, Inc.’s Parmlee Drive McDonald's in Fayetteville, North Carolina, sexually harassed the employee, the lawsuit alleges. The alleged harassment included sexual comments, sexual requests, and touching of the employee by her male supervisor. The male supervisor also offered the employee money for nude pictures of herself and asked her explicit sexual questions, the EEOC said. The complaint also alleges that the supervisor sexually assaulted the employee.

Company knew or should have known. The EEOC contends that Par Ventures knew or should have known about the male supervisor's sexually harassing behavior prior to the December 2017 abusive events.

The federal agency is seeking compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief.

"The EEOC is committed to ensuring that all workers are free from sexual harassment on the job," said EEOC Regional Attorney Lynette A. Barnes. "Such abuse is especially unconscionable when the victims are our country's most vulnerable workers—teenagers. Employers have a responsibility to prevent such harassment and to stop it when they learn this kind of misconduct is occurring in their workplace."

The EEOC filed its lawsuit in the Eastern District of North Carolina; the case is No. 5:19-cv-00341.

Companies: Par Ventures, Inc.; McDonald’s

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