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Sexual Harassment Cases in California: PF Chang's Faces New Claims

Less than two years ago, P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. faced sexual harassment claims from two female employees who were then awarded $500,000 each in arbitration against the Chinese restaurant chain. And now, at least four more women have filed sexual harassment claims in Southern California alleging that they were sexually harassed at P.F. Chang's restaurants located in Beverly Hills, Riverside, Chino Hills and Anaheim.

Less than two years ago, P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. faced sexual harassment claims from two female employees who were then awarded $500,000 each in arbitration against the Chinese restaurant chain. And now, at least four more women have filed sexual harassment claims in Southern California alleging that they were sexually harassed at P.F. Chang's restaurants located in Beverly Hills, Riverside, Chino Hills and Anaheim.

Complaints of Repeated Sexual Harassment at P.F. Chang's

The new round of claims against the restaurant chain is quite surprising considering the outcome of the arbitration in 2014. But the claims keep coming. In fact, in addition to the four female employees who were forced into the company's arbitration process (per their employment contracts), a fifth woman is also being represented. The former employee was just 16 years old when she signed on to work with P.F. Chang's at a Beverly Hills location in 2012.

The young woman's attorneys have successfully argued that she was not of legal age to consent to the arbitration process, so her case is now being heard in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The former employee's claim states that she was both sexually assaulted and harassed during the two years in which she was employed by the restaurant. She also claims that a male co-worker grabbed her hand and forced it down the front of his pants. The young woman was terminated in 2014.

According to the other four sexual harassment complaints, co-workers as well as supervisors subjected the former employees to unwanted sexual attention, simulated sexual gestures, unwanted kisses, and inappropriate touching.

P.F. Chang's HR Department Did Nothing to Help Victims

Even though each of the employees reported the unlawful harassing behaviors to P.F. Chang's human resources department and restaurant managers, they didn't offer any help to the victims. The company also failed to punish the male perpetrators. Instead, the women were reprimanded; hours were slashed and the company transferred them to restaurants that were up to three hours from their homes.

In a statement to the San Diego Union-Tribune, P.F. Chang's said, "While we can't comment on pending litigation, we can tell you that P.F. Chang's is committed to providing a workplace free of any type of unlawful harassment or discrimination."

The sexual harassment complaints against P.F. Chang's in Southern California allege adverse employment actions that likely violate the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Read the original story via The San Diego-Union Tribune

P.F. Chang's Sexual Harassment Cases in California: Additional Information

  • P.F. Chang's Faces New Sexual Harassment Claims by Female Workers - via Los Angeles Times
  • P.F. Chang's is Being Sued for Sexual Harassment Again - via Eater
  • P.F. Chang's Restaurants Sued for Alleged 'Pervasive' Sexual Harassment - via My News LA
  • [VIDEO] Local P.F. Chang's Ruled Liable for Sex-Charged, Hostile Work Environment - via 10News.com

Sadly, sexual harassment in the workplace isn't anything new, but is unlawful. If you feel you are a victim of sexual harassment, contact our experienced California sexual harassment attorneys for your free consultation today.

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