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EEOC vs. Hurricane Grill and Wings: Feds Punish Restaurant Owner for Cop’s Sexual Harassment

March 2, 2012
William Grigg, Republic Magazine

Restaurant entrepreneur Donald Michael Galbraith, former owner of the Hurricane Grill and Wings in Royal Palm Beach, will be forced to pay $200,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – but the Feds will do nothing to punish the cop who had terrorized the waitress at the center of the case.

The EEOC lawsuit “charges [that] the company violated federal law when it permitted female serves to be sexually harassed by a customer, a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy,” reports the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. The restaurant later fired a waitress named Stacy Sorenson “after management learned she had hired a lawyer to assist her in filing an EEOC complaint.”

While the epithet doesn’t apply to everyone employed in law enforcement, Commodore Bradford, richly deserves to be called a pig. For several years, Bradford would visit the Hurricane Grill and Wings restaurant and assail the waitresses with the crudest sexual overtures imaginable.

Beginning in April 2009, Deputy Bradford “routinely visited the restaurant multiple times nearly each week and stayed at the restaurant for extended periods of time,” recounts the EEOC’s civil complaint. During those extended, taxpayer-subsidized lunch breaks, Bradford – who obviously had trouble keeping himself busy – engaged in what the document calls “harassing conduct” that “included, but was not limited to, frequent comments about the female servers’ anatomy, displays of pornographic photographs, unwelcome sexual advances, and unwanted touching.”

And now… the rest of the story. …..

One Comment leave one →
  1. Rwolf permalink
    March 2, 2012 11:40 am

    In general—some bar and restaurant owners are intimidated when police enter their establishment—and make a special effort to accommodate them. There are bar and restaurant owners that strongly believe police can make it a point—to shut down or seize any bar or restaurant / property by arresting a customer—unbeknownst to the owner—possessing or distributing drugs; or use undercover police/informants to steer drug sales or buys onto an owner’s business or rental property to forfeit it. It is believed but not confirmed some bar and restaurant owners are unwilling police informants, report their customers—in the belief police in exchange won’t target their business for closure or asset forfeiture. It is understandable business owners might be intimidated or fear police when almost every week news reports mention police including high-ranking police and sheriffs being arrested by the FBI; convicted for selling drugs, robbing or extorting drug dealers, charging criminals protection among other crimes.

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