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McDonald's employee files sexual harassment suit over manager's alleged conduct

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 24, 2018


BECKLEY – A Fayette County man alleges he was forced to resign from his job at a McDonald's because of a manager's inappropriate behavior.

Jeffrey D. Lafferty Jr. filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Beckley Division against TMJ Foods LLC, doing business as McDonald's, alleging that the restaurant operator deliberately violated the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff began working for the defendant in June 2012 at its Sophia McDonald's location and was transferred to the Beckley location in September 2013. He alleges a male manager at the Beckley location would touch him without consent and frequently made comments on his appearance. 

The plaintiff alleges he reported the manager's inappropriate and improper conduct but nothing was done. He alleges that as a result of restaurant manager's conduct, he was forced to resign his employment on Oct. 23, 2015.

The plaintiff holds TMJ Foods LLC, doing business as McDonald's, responsible because defendant allegedly failed to investigate and take remedial action in response to his complaints.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks general, compensatory and punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees and costs and such other fair and proper relief. He is represented by Hoyt Glazer of Law Office of Hoyt Glazer PLLC in Huntington.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Beckley Division case number 5:17-cv-04616

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