A meat cook at the upscale restaurant JoJo, owned by Chef Jean Georges Vongreitchen, has accused a fellow cook of repeated sexual advances and harassment. The cook would send the female chef pictures of his genitals, and repeatedly ask her out on dates.
Once the Chef refused to go out with the man, he allegedly began threatening her in the kitchen and started a campaign to sabotage her work performance. She alleges that he threw garbage in her preparations, would ruin dished by turning off burners while she was cooking, and more all in an attempt to get her fired for poor performance.
While a representative for the company had denied the allegations to the New York Post, these claims are not surprising given the male dominated kitchens that are found in many restaurants, allowing such illegal and demeaning behavior to take place.