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