Former Chick-fil-A worker files federal sexual harassment lawsuit

awomack@macon.comSeptember 22, 2013 

A former employee at the Chick-fil-A on Eisenhower Parkway has filed a federal lawsuit alleging supervisors at the restaurant retaliated against him when he complained about sexual harassment on the job.

Daniel Moncrief, 19, alleges in the lawsuit, filed this month, that a fellow male employee made sexual comments and touched him inappropriately while on the job.

The restaurant’s owner referred a request for comment to the chain’s public relations department, which issued a statement saying, “Chick-fil-A does not condone or tolerate sexual harassment of any kind. Since this is pending litigation against an independent owner-operator, we cannot comment on the specifics of this case.”

Moncrief, who was hired in March 2012, ultimately quit about seven months later, according to the court filing.

The unwelcome sexual comments and touching allegedly began in April and continued into September.

Moncrief worked as an hourly employee performing several duties while his alleged harasser worked primarily in the back of the restaurant, said Alan Garber, Moncrief’s lawyer.

Moncrief complained to his alleged harasser’s supervisors. He alleges the supervisors were present during some of the comments and inappropriate touching, but they didn’t take any action to stop the offensive sexual conduct. Instead, he alleges the supervisors assigned him to work with the man and gave him additional work, according to the lawsuit.

He alleges the harassment was “humiliating, intimidating and threatening” and that it interfered with his ability to do his job. He had bad dreams and difficulty sleeping for fear of going to work and being sexually harassed. At some point, Moncrief sought psychological counseling, according to the lawsuit.

Moncrief also alleges he saw the man sexually harass another male employee who is not a party to the lawsuit.

Moncrief filed a charge alleging discrimination and retaliation with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Nov. 6, 2012, and received a right to sue letter in June, according to the lawsuit.

Moncrief is seeking a jury trial, compensatory and punitive damages, and payment of attorneys fees.

“Mr. Moncrief approached the company in an effort to resolve this without resorting to litigation,” Garber said. “But the company refused.”

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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