Restaurant employee drew a VERY vulgar phallic image on my to-go box and my name with an arrow. Upon bringing it to management's attention their response has been inappropriate and inadequate.
I am a previous employee of said restaurant who had been fired a year before and had experienced MANY issues of inappropriate sexist behavior during my employment.
What are my rights as a consumer and/or ex-employee?
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ANSWER for "Harassed by a Restaurant Employee...":
Keep the evidence. If there were any other people who witnessed the incident get their names and contact information. Take photos of the to-go box.
Send a certified letter return receipt requested to the manager of the restaurant. Send a copy to the owner.
The letter should read something like the following...
On April ___, 2012 I was in the _________ restaurant located at _______. While there I ordered food to go. When I looked at the box containing my meal there was a drawing of a penis on it. No one had contact with that box between the time I purchased the meal and the time I saw the drawing other than your employees and me.
The drawing was vulgar and inappropriate. It caused severe emotional distress and anxiety.
I demand an apology and compensation for my emotional distress and anxiety.
Please contact me at your earliest convenience to settle this matter. I would prefer to do so without the need for legal representation.
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