A woman's lawsuit against a company that owns the Alexandria restaurant where she trained to be a manager alleges one executive tricked her into going to his house alone, claimed to others that if he could not have sex with her, he would fire her, and sexually harassed her to the point that she eventually quit.
Samantha Williams' lawsuit, filed in federal court Wednesday, says D'Argent Companies, D'Argent Construction and D'Argent Franchising, are rife with sexual misconduct and that women either put up with the harassment, quit, or are fired if they complain.
According to the lawsuit, one executive required that female employees help him find a potential wife in a certain weight range and with a minimum breast size, and other male executives walked around their offices in boxer shorts while female employees were still on the clock, among other allegations.
D'Argent Franchising oversees the Huddle House restaurant on Alexandria's south side, where Williams worked, but Williams' lawsuit names all three companies. The complaint says that, once company officials learned a lawsuit was being planned, they intimidated a witness and tampered with evidence they had been ordered to preserve, including deleting a Twitter run by one of the executives filled with questionable material.
A lawyer for one of the company executives, Matthew Popp, said the allegations, along with a news release and this article about it, are "nothing more than a smear job against parties, persons, and worksites wholly unrelated to the litigation" and that Williams was seeking to try the case in public. In point of fact, Ms. Warning: Contains graphic language. Williams began work at the Huddle House restaurant owned by D'Argent Franchises in April as Sexual encounter Alexandria Louisiana server in training for a management position, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit spells out a dedicated campaign to coerce Williams into dating him: Giallonardo dropped by the restaurant and tried to hug her, called her pet names and sent her flirtatious text messages she felt uncomfortable fully rejecting because of his position of power at the company.
However, when Williams arrived, she was the only one there and realized the gathering was a setup to get her alone at his residence. In August, the manager told Williams that Giallonardo planned to fire her within the next week, so she reed before she could be terminated, the suit says. When Giallonardo discovered Williams quit before he could fire her, he retaliated by drafting a new separation notice that claimed she was fired, then backdated it to the day before her official reation.
According to the lawsuit, additional, anonymous female employees allege a culture of rampant sexual harassment. Several former female employees recalled running commentary about women's bodies including their owntheir Sexual encounter Alexandria Louisiana or the sexuality of their male bosses. A former marketing employee said Giallonardo described things done with his girlfriend in a hotel room during a conference.
Justin Giallonardo's "Requirements for Wife" sheet issued to female employees, per the lawsuit filed by Samantha Williams. The men in the office did not receive this memo.
Other Giallonardo relatives were also implicated in the filing. Another assistant recalls multiple male executives, including Justin Giallonardo, urinating on a specific plant in the courtyard. Other allegations among former employees include both the senior Giallonardo and Justin watching pornography on their work computers, the two walking around the office in their boxers with female employees present and Justin spying on female employees using the company security cameras while making inappropriate comments.
The lawsuit also claims the defendants destroyed evidence, after being told to preserve material, by deleting a Twitter Sexual encounter Alexandria Louisiana included tweets by the senior Giallonardo complaining about Black people, transgender people and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Minia Bremenstul, an attorney for D'Argent Companies and D'Argent Construction, said those two companies should not have been sued because Williams did not work for them.
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