The Latest: Restaurant says it takes harassment seriously

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Posted: Dec 12, 2017 8:04 PM

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against an upscale restaurant chain (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

An upscale restaurant chain says it takes harassment seriously after five female kitchen workers filed a lawsuit alleging they were subjected to constant groping and lewd behavior from male supervisors and co-workers.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, which represents the women, says Tuesday's complaint against McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants details a "humiliating" and "toxic" work environment at the chain's location near Boston's historic Faneuil Hall.

The committee says the lawsuit also highlights the plight of women in low-wage positions like prep cooks and dishwashers. It comes as allegations of sexual misconduct roil white-collar industries like politics, media and film.

A spokeswoman for the Landry's Inc., the Houston-based restaurant and hotel operator that owns McCormick & Schmick's, says the company strives to maintain a "harassment free environment."

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11:15 a.m.

Five female kitchen workers in Massachusetts are suing an upscale restaurant chain, alleging they were subjected to constant groping and lewd behavior from male supervisors and co-workers.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, which represents the women, says Tuesday's complaint against McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants details a "humiliating" and "toxic" work environment at the chain's location near Boston's historic Faneuil Hall.

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The committee says the lawsuit also highlights the plight of women in low-wage positions like prep cooks and dishwashers. It comes as allegations of sexual misconduct roil white-collar industries like politics, media and film.

The women and their attorneys are expected to speak later Tuesday. Representatives for the Landry's Inc., the Houston-based restaurant and hotel operator that owns McCormick & Schmick's, didn't immediately comment.