AG' s Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Discrimination At Miami Restaurant
The restaurant was open Tuesday, with the bank next door even touting that Chinese Chef was the business of the month. But it is now also, a business under under fire.
"We all know that it's not true," said Samantha Boyd a waitress caught in the middle, defending her place of work while other waitresses allege a host of wrongdoings.
"Have you ever been sexually harassed? No. Have you ever been sexually assaulted? No. Have you ever been sexually discriminated against? No. You know the women who are alleging this? Yes. Why do you think they're saying what they're saying? I'm not 100% sure. I know that they weren't happy with the hours they were getting. But they were unreliable," she said.
"Civil rights violations are serious," said Deedee Cox, director of the Community Crisis Center, assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and where some of the waitresses in the AG's lawsuit received services from.
"It sounds like, based on the release from the Attorney General, that some of the gals that stayed at our place have actually contacted the Attorney General," she said.
She didn't know the specifics of the allegations, but said if the women reveled their circumstances it may have made them a target.
"When you come in and say, 'Well I'm staying at the shelter,' might give a person the impression that you're more vulnerable than someone that's not in those circumstances," she said.
But from Samantha, concern that the public realize there's two sides to every lawsuit.
"We received text messages from one of the girls, threatening the business and financial stability and throwing racial slurs at the boss, asking for a certain sum of money and the case would be dropped," she said.