Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The 6th nominee for the “Worst Employer of 2022” is … the sexual harassment ignorer

All of the following allegedly happened during the mere five weeks that Hannah Navarro worked at a Pratville, Alabama, Chipotle restaurant.

  • On Navarro's first day of employment, Nick Baker, the store's general manager, said that she could sit on his lap.
  • A few days later Baker told Navarro that she could be his "boo." He then grabbed her arm when she told him that she had a boyfriend and declined.
  • Baker (along with other male employees) would pass around pictures of female employees (including Navarro), visit their social media accounts, and make open comments about their bodies at work.
  • Baker repeatedly propositioned Navarro to come home with him.
  • Baker repeatedly asked Navarro for hugs, and would grab her even if though she said no.
  • Almost daily, Baker would rub his arms down Navarro's arms while talking to her, wrap his arms around her from behind, or put his hands on her hips or buttocks.
  • Baker daily made sexual comments about Navarro's clothes and body, and poked and pinched her.
  • Baker would pinch Navarro from behind on her thighs and buttocks.
  • At least 20 different times, Baker rubbed his open palm across Navarro's buttocks as as walked past her.
  • At least five to ten times, Baker rubbed his genitals against Navarro's buttocks as as walked past her. One on of these occasions, Baker's penis was erect.
But none of these events are why Chipotle makes my list as a nominee for the Worst Employer of 2022. Chipotle makes my list because just prior to Navarro's hire, another female employee quit her job at the same store after complaining to Chipotle's ethics hotline, employee services hotline, and human resources department about similar allegations of misconduct against Baker, all without any investigation or steps by Chipotle to stop Baker's misconduct.

If you, as an employer, receive complaints from an employee about unwanted sexual conduct in the workplace and you fail to investigate or take any steps to stop the alleged sexual harassment, you might be the worst employer of 2022.