Central Park Boathouse Under Investigation by New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer Following Sexual Harassment Accusations


New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman comments on the civil rights violation lawsuit filed by six employees of the famous Central Park Boathouse restaurant. The employees, all women, said they were subjected to routine sexual harassment and workplace discrimination by managers.

The workplace harassment complaint said the female employees were pressured to date their supervisors, who also openly discussed which colleagues and customers they wanted to sleep with.

Also claimed, a manager groped a female worker and showed female co-workers a picture of somebody he said he slept with. A pregnant woman also said she was overworked in an attempt to get her to quit.

Allegedly, when workers complained about the sexual harassment to owner Dean Poll and to top banquet manager Peter Bischoff no action was taken.

The restaurant industry is no stranger to sexual harassment lawsuits. In 2009, the EEOC recognized the restaurant industry as the ‘single largest’ source of sexual harassment claims.

“Restaurant owners must take a proactive stance to put an end to sexual harassment in their workplaces. From my experience, most restaurants do not have a clear sexual harassment policy posted and more often than not managers do not have disciplinary procedures in place to protect workers from sexual harassment, a civil rights violation,” said Perecman, a New York civil rights violation lawyer for over 30 years.

Federal, New York state laws and New York City laws protect employees by prohibiting workplace harassment and other discriminatory conduct in the workplace that creates an offensive and hostile working environment.

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