Del Taco sexual harassment case shows dangers of hiring minors

A recent lawsuit filed in a California federal court underscores the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) reinvigorated focus on sexual harassment in the #MeToo era. It also shows the dangers involved with hiring minors.

While Katelyn Mejia was between the ages of 16 and 18, she and several coworkers at a California Del Taco restaurant were allegedly subjected to sexual harassment by a male shift leader, according to the EEOC’s lawsuit. The suit claimed the shift leader would tell Mejia that he had dreams of having sex with her and that they should make those dreams a reality. He asked “why do you act like you do want it?” and would touch her back and growl in her ear.

 

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