There are many reasons employees and employers don’t always see eye-to-eye. Sometimes, people in the Miami area, or anywhere else, have legitimate complaints against their employers, but many times, even though an employee makes claims of wrongful treatment or harassment, the stories are not necessarily true. Even if the person appears to have a legitimate complaint, until all the facts are known it’s important not to rush to judgment.
Starbucks says it is taking a recent sexual harassment lawsuit seriously as it waits to see how the pending litigation turns out. According to a company spokesperson, Starbucks has “zero tolerance for harassment in the workplace.” Spokesman Zack Hutson also noted that the company does take any kind of harassment claim seriously, but he said that the company could not comment further at the this time because the case “involves pending litigation.”
The case revolves around a young female employee at a Starbucks coffee shop who is suing her employer for sexual harassment. She claims her boss repeatedly harassed her for several months. According to reports, the 23-year-old woman claims that Starbucks ignored her complaints. According to the suit, the woman says that earlier this year, her supervisor inappropriately touched and kissed her after trapping her in a stairwell.
These cases can be very difficult to go through. Sexual harassment accusations are very serious, but they aren’t always accurate. It’s important for all of the details and information to be brought forward before a determination is made. However, these kinds of accusation can seriously damage a company’s reputation, which is why any company facing these kinds of claims should probably seek the help of an experienced business litigation attorney right away.
Source: New York Post, “Starbucks barista sues boss for alleged sexual harassment,” Josh Saul, Mar. 3, 2014