Sexual Harassment Allegations Cloud Over Danny Meyer's Restaurant Group

Sexual Harassment Allegations Cloud Over Danny Meyer's Restaurant Group

There are reports denouncing Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group for not properly addressing dozens of employee complaints involving sexual harassment.

The incidents involved a couple of chefs including, Eric Korsh, the former North End Grill executive chef and Junsoo Bae the former Gramercy Tavern sous chef.

Soon after Korsh took on the position in 2014, there were instances when he allegedly made inappropriate comments about female customers that he found attractive, gave unwelcomed massages to female employees, and, in various occasions, lost his temper at the restaurant staff. Additionally, as far as Bae is concerned, the sous chef allegedly groped a server at a company party, according to “Eater.”

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Chef Charlie Hallowell Steps Down After 17 Women Accuse Him Of Sexual Misconduct

Chef Charlie Hallowell Steps Down After 17 Women Accuse Him Of Sexual Misconduct
  • First John Besh, then Todd English, Mario Batali, then Ken Friedman. Now, Charlie Hallowell is the antagonist of the latest sexual harassment scandal in the restaurant industry.

  • Women, empowered to speak up, sought out justice when they denounced Chef Charlie Hallowell of sexual harassment.

Most recently, you may have seen celebrities share on their social media platforms posts referring to the Time’s Up movement. The open letter by 300 female professionals from the entertainment industry was in response to another open letter which was sent in solidarity with Hollywood actresses on behalf of 700,000 female farmworkers whom have also experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. It’s a move towards fighting the “systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide,” reports “The New York Times.”

Sadly, sexual harassment cases continue to headline the news, especially in the restaurant industry.

After 17 former female employees came forward detailing years of sexual harassment and verbal abuse allegations in the workplace, Oakland Chef Charlie Hallowell decided to distance himself from his restaurant group, as reported by the “San Francisco Chronicle,” last week.

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Foodable Drops Chef Todd English From Top 100 Social Chefs Guide

Foodable Drops Chef Todd English From Top 100 Social Chefs Guide

Earlier this year, Foodable released its first Top 100 Social Chefs featuring the top-performing U.S. chefs in the digital space. As Foodable gears up to release the anticipated rankings for 2018 in January, a new policy has been implemented.

Foodable is dropping Chef Todd English from its Top 100 Social Chefs ranking due to sexual harassment allegations that arose in November.

This is what Foodable’s editor-in-chief, Paul Barron, had to say on the subject as he detailed the new Foodable policy:

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Another Sexual Harassment Case in the Restaurant Industry Exposed

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Another sexual harassment claim against a celebrity chef came to light earlier this month.

This time it was against Todd English, the chef behind The Plaza Hotel’s Food Hall and best known for his TV show Food Trip with Todd English, on PBS.

Recent claims have surfaced accusing English of sexually harassing one of his employees— Gabrielle Eubank.

Eubank claims it wasn’t just English, but also other staff members of the Plaza Hotel Food Hall. Her claims against English, however, are not the first ones. There is an existing sexual harassment lawsuit, which had been filed back in August, by former and current English employees.

As reported by “The New York Post,” “ 'Female employees [at the Food Hall] are forced to endure a culture of a different type — rape culture,' the court document reads, going on to detail how male staffers are sexually suggestive with pens, cucumbers, and bananas…”

Other chefs have also been singled out for sexual harassment claims, like Julian Medina from Toloache and Abe Hiroki from EN Japanese Brasserie. Both lawsuits have reportedly settled, according to “The New York Post.”

The news come after Chef John Besh stepped down as CEO of his namesake restaurant group after 25 female workers claimed they felt sexually harassed by the owners and managers of the organization, as Foodable reported in October.

Read more at “The New York Post”