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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Correcting Company Culture to Address Sexual Harassment

Correcting Company Culture to Address Sexual Harassment
  • Human Resources Guru Carrie Luxem prevents sexual harassment within restaurants using training and company culture

  • Sexual Harassment allegations about Chefs John Besh and Todd English have the industry concerned

On this episode of The Barron Report, we talk to Human Resources Guru, Carrie Luxem about how your company can better manage your team in the wake of the recent sexual harassment claims. Numerous industries have been shaken by sexual harassment allegations and the restaurant industry is no different. With top chefs like Todd English and John Besh being exposed for inappropriate behavior, the business community is concerned. Foodable, to better serve our community, has worked to deliver the best information to you about how to manage these types of claims in your business and, better yet, how to stop them from happening in the first place.

Show Notes

  • 1:11 Carrie LuxemRestaurant HR Group & CarrieLuxem.com
  • 3:53 - Uncovering a Long-Standing Problem
  • 5:01 - Culture of the Hospitality Industry
  • 6:43 - What Is and Isn't Appropriate?
  • 9:55 - Are Revealing Uniforms Part of the Problem?
  • 12:16 - Confronting Customers for Harassment in Your Establishment
  • 14:01 -  Do Not Tolerate That Behavior, Even From Power Positions
  • 18:38 - How to Stop Sexual Harassment Before It Happens
  • 22:47 - Having a Plan in Place
  • 24:56 - Hiring the Right Team
  • 28:40 - Foodable Analyzing Online Sexual Harassment Claims
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