Fleming's to pay settlement in employee harassment suit

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on December 7, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 7 at 6:07 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A Scottsdale restaurant will pay nearly a quarter of a million dollars to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Three male employees of Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar filed a same-sex harassment suit claiming they were harassed by head chef Tod Rawson.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the suit, the chef touched his employees' private parts repeatedly with his hands and with kitchen utensils.

The suit also claimed managers at Fleming's knew about the sexual abuse and did nothing to answer complaints.

The upscale restaurant chain will now pay $248,750 to the men named in the suit.

Fleming's Executive Vice President Joseph Kadow issued the following statement:

"Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has always been committed to a workplace free of harassment, and we have appropriate policies and training in place for prevention and to address any incidents that may occur. Fleming’s acted responsibly under the circumstances of this case and settled the matter, without admitting liability, to avoid the distraction of continued litigation. Fleming’s is proud of the excellent work environment we provide for our associates."

Rawson no longer works at the restaurant.
 

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