EEOC sues ABC Pizza for manager's sexual harassment

 
April 3, 2003

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. -- The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against the ABC Pizza for alleged sexual harassment by manager Jesus Camacho.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the lawsuit, filed in late March in U.S. District Court in Tampa, alleges the company allowed Camacho's "sexually offensive conduct to go unchecked, thereby forcing at least two female servers to quit as a result of intolerable working conditions."

The EEOC seeks a ruling barring any discriminatory acts at ABC Pizza's restaurants, as well as back pay and damages for the two girls and anyone else who might have been treated the same way.

Since both servers are teens, their names cannot be released by the media.

The girls accuse Camacho of grabbing and fondling them, asking them to show him their underwear and simulate masturbation.

The alleged offenses took place in the summer of 2001, when their mother also called the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and an attorney.

It was the teens' first job.

Through their mother, the girls filed another lawsuit with the State of Florida in February 2002 against Pizza of Florida Inc., which does business as ABC Pizza.

That suit alleges negligence, infliction of emotional distress and violation of privacy, among other charges.

Mark Morgan, one of the Tampa attorneys representing the girls, said that case could go to trial as early as August.

"The parents want to stop this stuff from happening again," said Morgan, noting that Camacho still works for ABC Pizza's Wesley Chapel restaurant.

The company conducted its own investigation into the charges against Camacho, but Radel said he could not disclose the findings or say whether any disciplinary action was taken.

If a manager was behaving inappropriately, Radel added, neither the company nor its owner, William Fotopoulos, knew it.

"Mr. Fotopoulos vehemently denies any knowledge of the allegations," Radel said.


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