Federal sexual harassment lawsuit against Nu-Way dismissed, settlement reached

awomack@macon.comAugust 30, 2013 

A federal lawsuit filed in 2011 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and two women against Nu-Way Weiners Inc. was dismissed this week, according to court records.

The suit, filed Sept. 22, 2011, claimed two female employees were repeatedly subjected to a sexually hostile work environment and that the restaurant chain didn’t act to end the alleged harassment.

Grant Greenwood, a lawyer representing Nu-Way, confirmed a confidential settlement has been reached in the case, but declined further comment.

One woman filed a stipulation of voluntary dismissal, along with the EEOC, Nu-Way and the supervisor in May. A similar document was filed for the second woman Tuesday, according to court records.

The women claimed a supervisor touched them on “inappropriate” parts of their bodies and frequently asked them to go to a gay club. Both allege they were terminated after they complained, according to the lawsuit.

Nu-Way and the manager denied the women’s allegations in a 2012 written response to the lawsuit, saying there was no connection between their termination and the alleged harassment.

The restaurant chain and manager also denied the women were subjected to a sexually hostile work environment.

They were not subject to harassment “so severe or pervasive that it altered the terms and conditions of their employment and created a discriminatorily abusive work environment,” according to the written response.

Attempts to contact the lawyer representing the women were unsuccessful Friday.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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