Former Disney employee says she was sexually harassed, faced retaliation when she reported it

Lawsuit claims employee was terminated after reporting harassment

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ORLANDO, Fla. – In a recently filed lawsuit, a former employee alleges Disney World wrongfully terminated her after she filed a sexual harassment claim against her supervisor.

According to the suit filed Feb. 10, the woman worked as a cook at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant and prepared food for Woody’s Lunch Box. The woman was employed by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts from May to August 2018, records show.

The former employee said she was sexually harassed by a supervising chef while on the job, was inappropriately touched multiple times and felt the brunt of sexual comments made during her shift.

The woman claimed after she reported the sexual harassment to upper management, she was met with retaliation and was falsely accused of workplace and safety violations that ultimately led to the termination of her employment with Disney World.

The lawsuit alleged that mistakes in the woman’s schedule were purposely made, she did not receive the training she needed to successfully complete her job and was falsely reported for taking drugs all as forms of retaliation.

Records show the former employee is seeking reimbursement for lost wages and benefits, an award for compensatory and punitive damages, reinstatement, according to court documents.

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