CHARLESTON -- A Kanawha County woman is suing Chili's of West Virginia after she claims her employment was wrongfully terminated because she complained about staff members inappropriately touching her.
Greg Wolfe, the manager of the restaurant, was also named as a defendant in the suit.
Lisa G. Anderson was employed by the Chili's restaurant in the Charleston Town Center from Jan. 23, until March 14, according to a complaint filed Aug. 31 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Anderson claims while working at the restaurant, several staff members inappropriately and offensively touched her, so she complained to her supervisors, including Wolfe, concerning the inappropriate and unwelcome contact by the other staff members, but her supervisors did nothing to stop the conduct.
Other staff members were similarly victims of inappropriate and unwelcome contact and were told by the local owners that they would be fired if they complained to corporate, according to the suit.
Anderson also claims even though she was employed as a waitress and therefore was paid less than minimum wage, she was also required to perform tasks other than waitressing as part of her job.
On March 14, Anderson was constructively discharged for continuing to complain about the work conditions, according to the suit.
Anderson claims the defendants' actions were retaliatory, malicious and wrongful and caused her embarrassment and humiliation.
The defendants were also negligent in hiring, training and supervising the staff members, according to the suit.
Anderson is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Scott H. Kaminski.
The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge James C. Stucky.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1501