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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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.

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Capital Food Fight Welcomes Food Industry Notables

Photo Credit: Eater DC

Photo Credit: Eater DC

We love a good food fight. Especially when it's for a good cause and includes notables like José Andrés, Tom Colicchio, Rick Bayless, and Todd English. Though they'll be judging (and not competing), the annual Capital Food Fight competition, which will be held on November 11th and will benefit D.C. Central Kitchen, will feature four competing chefs. The challenge will be to make creations out of "weird secret ingredients on stage" while attendees nab samples from the 75 participating D.C. restaurants. Read More