Applebee's Charged With Sexual HarassmentSep 9, 2004 | UPI
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing a group that operates an Applebee's restaurant in Rockford, Ill., with sexual discrimination.
Five female employees claim the restaurant's general manager harassed them with sexual propositions, groping and sexual assaults and said their complaints to the manager's superiors were ignored and they were retaliated against with reduced work hours.
The outlet is owned by The Bloomin' Apple, LLC and Heartland Apple, Inc.
"That Applebee's management appears to have permitted such egregious behavior by one of its general managers must be a matter of concern, and it's a flat-out violation of federal law," said John Rowe, Director of EEOC's Chicago office.