Buffalo Wild Wings manager files sexual harassment lawsuit
LUFKIN - A Buffalo Wild Wings hospitality manager has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the restaurant after she was terminated, allegedly for not playing along with the inappropriate behavior.
Michelle J. Kromer filed suit against Texas Big Wings Inc., doing business as Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill, on July 3 in the Eastern District of Texas, Lufkin Division.
Kromer was hired as the hospitality manager for Buffalo Wild Wings in August 2010. She states that immediately upon her employment she was subjected to sexual harassment from a co-worker.
She complained about the harassment but no action was taken. Instead, Kromer was encouraged to "play along." Kromer claims that once it became clear that she was not going to "play along" she was terminated.
She was allegedly terminated for the unauthorized use of a BBW gift card. Kromer states this was a pretext for her termination and that she was terminated for reporting sexual harassment.
The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for lost wages and benefits, interest, attorneys' fees, punitive damages, and court costs.
Kromer is represented by Brent L. Watkins of Zeleskey Law Firm in Lufkin. A jury trial is requested.
Case No. 9:12-cv-00106