In a story published Monday by The Washington PostChloe Caras, a former regional manager for Mike Isabella Concepts, detailed her sexual harassment lawsuit against Isabella, his restaurant imprint, and four of his business partners. The suit, which was filed in D.
Harassment, discrimination, bullying, abuse, or unequal treatment of any kind whatsoever are not tolerated at MIC. The allegations come from a former employee, who is also a co-owner of the MIC enterprise.
Isabella became involved in a verbal argument at one of the restaurants. Despite calls from management and HR for her to return to work, she flatly refused to do so.
At that point, MIC felt she had quit.
Caras then made an unemployment claim and afterwards, through her attorney, she presented these never- before-raised allegations of sexual harassment. She says she tried to ignore the hostile workplace culture and inappropriate remarks from superiors, hoping a job well done would end the harassment.
Caras claims that while sitting in a booth with Isabella, a male sous chef approached the table and asked to join. Isabella said he could, but only if the chef had sex with Caras. Nice working with you.
Attorneys representing Isabella even denied that Caras was fired, saying instead that she abandoned her post. Isabella and his partners degraded Caras regularly, she says, commenting on the size and shape of her body and touching her without permission.
She alleged that, on separate occasions, Isabella and Ismail approached her from behind, grabbed her hair, and simulated sex with her.