The waitress says the restaurant manager hired women to harass her.
Samantha Williams, a former waitress at Huddle House restaurant in Alexandria, Louisiana, has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against an executive with D’Argent Companies, the parent company. The lawsuit named D’Argent Franchising, LLC, D’Argent Construction, LLC, D’Argent Companies, LLC, Justin Giallonardo and the parties’ insurers. Williams was employed from April 2019 to August 2020. At that point, she decided to resign.
Williams’ lawsuit alleges in the Huddle House: “Giallonardo was involved in a pattern of sexual harassment that included requests for data, inappropriate nicknames, text messages, sexual advances, and threats to keep communications secret.” It continues: “Giallonardo has repeatedly invited Williams to his home. In one case, Giallonardo allegedly got Williams to come to his house for a BBQ for prospective managers only for Williams to show up and find out no one else was invited. And Giallonardo tried to engage in sexual interaction with Williams, but she refused. After the incident with the wrong grill, Giallonardo confided in her manager at the restaurant. Williams claims Giallonardo told her manager, “If I can’t [explicit] That girl, I’m gonna fire her. “When Williams found out, she resigned.
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Williams attorney William Most said, “In my entire career as a lawyer, I have never seen a company treat its women employees as loathsome and disgusting as D’Argent. We are confident that Ms. Williams’ allegations are extremely strong as we conducted several months of investigation prior to filing the lawsuit. Our investigation included interviews with about a dozen former D’Argent employees and family members of Giallonardo. Every single person we spoke to confirmed D’Argent’s wrongdoing. We have collected evidence, including documents, tapes, and affidavits, supporting D’Argent’s wrongdoing. Ms. Williams has claims against D’Argent for sexual harassment, emotional distress, document destruction and witness intimidation. D’Argent’s behavior is illegal and immoral. It has to stop now. “
After finding out that Williams quit her job at Huddle House before she could be quit, Giallonardo allegedly drew up a new separation notice and backdated it to make it look like she had been fired. This document was included as an exhibit along with other documents referenced in Most’s testimony.
The other former D’Argent Companies employees interviewed said Giallonardo had repeatedly hired young women so that he could sexually harass and fire them if they refuse his advances. The filing claims other managers are also responsible for promoting this culture of sexual intimidation, and at least five female employees have complained about harassment from other managers. Since the incidents were not exclusively linked to Giallonardo, Most has focused his case on D’Argent.
The defendants responded to the litigation: “The allegations are unfounded and false. The main witnesses in the lawsuit are the plaintiff’s resident friend and a convicted criminal, both of whom are actively investigated on suspicion of theft by D’Argent Franchising, LLC. We’re not bullied by radical, out-of-town funded litigation attorneys who sue people for a living and expect simple payday settlement. We didn’t do anything wrong and look forward to having our day in court. “
Former waitress files lawsuit against D’Argent Companies
The sexual harassment lawsuit alleges the boss lured a woman home and distributed the list of requirements for the wife