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EEOC Files Suit Against Restaurant In Casino

20 September 2005

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit in federal court on behalf of five kitchen workers at The Noodle Shop at Mandalay Bay.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Sept. 9 in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, claims that a male cook at the restaurant sexually harassed a female cook through unwanted touching, intimidation and leering. When the victim and four witnesses complained to a supervisor about the conduct, the lawsuit claims the harasser and the supervisor then began retaliating against the victim and witnesses.

According to the lawsuit, the retaliatory conduct consisted of verbal threats, physical assaults, vandalism of personal property, unwarranted discipline, reduced work hours and termination. Albarran said that the victim wasn't disciplined but that she continued to suffer harassment after complaining. It is unclear if the alleged harasser continues to work at The Noodle Shop.

Santos Albarran, an EEOC spokesman, said the incident took place in March 2003; the victim reported it to the supervisor that April and she filed a police report with Metro Police in May of that year. The alleged harasser eventually pleaded guilty to open and gross lewdness, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to six months of probation and 40 hours of community service, Albarran said.

He said that one of the witnesses was fired in September 2003 allegedly for dishonesty and misconduct.

Yvette Monet, an MGM Mirage spokeswoman said in response to the lawsuit, "I am unable to comment on pending litigation."