$195,000 for Waitress Subjected to Sexual Harassment and Religious Harassment

$195,000 for Waitress Subjected to Sexual Harassment and Religious Harassment

Felicia and her co-counsel Alberta Blumin represented a young waitress employed at a chain restaurant. Managers, supervisors and co-workers there subjected her to pervasive religious harassment and also to sexual harassment. The employee complained repeatedly about the harassment to management, but the harassment was not stopped. In fact, the company unfairly disciplined her, terminated her purportedly due to a lay off, and then refused to rehire her when she applied for an opening at another location of the same chain. Felicia filed suit on the employee's behalf under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, Government Code Section 12940, et seq., for religious and sexual harassment and discrimination, for the failure to take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent harassment and discrimination, for the failure to take immediate and appropriate corrective action, and for retaliation. The company got the case kicked out of court into arbitration. Prior to the arbitration hearing, the Company agreed to settle for $195,000.