Waitresses sue, say they were fired because of weight
NEW YORK (AP) — A fancy East Side restaurant and bar is being sued for $15 million by two waitresses who say their bosses fired them because they thought they were too fat.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court against the Sutton Place Restaurant and Bar says Kristen McRedmond, 27, and Alexandria Lipton, 25, were fired wrongfully after being subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.
McRedmond, of Queens, who began working at the eatery in August 2004 and Lipton, of Brooklyn, who started in April 2006, say several of the restaurant’s male employees began asking waitresses how much they weighed and recording the answers in a notepad.
The women’s weights were also put onto a computer spreadsheet and the results loaded onto a Web site so they could be compared to the weights of waitresses in other New York City restaurants.
On June 10, Lipton says, she refused to tell her weight and a male employees said he would guess and jot the number he guessed — 135 pounds (note Nicky: 61 kilo!) — into a notepad. McRedmond says that during the first week of July she was escorted by a male employee to the manager’s office and told to get on a scale. She refused. The employee who had escorted her to the office then tried to forcibly put her on the scale, court papers say. They say that after being confined to the room for almost 10 minutes, McRedmond was allowed to leave the room.McRedmond and Lipton were fired in July, court papers say.
Another lawyer for the women, Rosemarie Arnold, said, “This is absolutely, without a doubt the most egregious case of degradation to women I have ever seen.”
Arnold said Sutton Place’s lawyer, Joel Simon, told her the women were fired for reasons other than their weight, but he would not cite any of those other reasons.
The lawsuit asks $15 million on 11 different causes of action, including, defamation and slander, breach of contract and fraud.
Jammer genoeg heb ik het benchmarkonderzoek nog niet on-line kunnen vinden. Zou een restaurant dat echt doen? Zou men echt zo gek zijn? Tja, het betreft wel de VS en men doet er wel vreemdere dingen. World’s gone nuts!