A former personal assistant for the Chief Executive Officer of Waffle House and the CEO have dueling lawsuits in Florida's neighboring state to the north. Police opened an investigation into claims associated with the personal assistant's lawsuit as well.
The CEO filed a lawsuit against the woman in September, claiming that she tried to extort money from him on threats to release sexually charged videotapes recorded at his estate, where the woman worked managing the property. She has filed a lawsuit against the CEO saying that she was forced to perform sexual favors for the CEO for years to keep her job.
The former assistant's sexual harassment lawsuit says that the CEO forced her to buy pornography, lingerie and sex toys. The woman filed her sexual harassment lawsuit in September. That same month, the woman contacted police about the sexual abuse. She is a single mother, and she told police that she stayed on the job and endured the sexual harassment and abuse because she could not find any other work at similar pay to raise her child.
In the CEO's suit, there does not appear to be any dispute that video tapes were recorded. The assistant says that she made the tapes because she thought that no one would believe that she was sexually harassed and abused. But in the CEO's suit, he claims that the sexual relationship was consensual.
The woman managed the CEO's estate between 2003 and 2012. She worked in the man's home. In recently unsealed court documents, the woman's sexual harassment lawsuit alleges that the abuse and harassment are part of a pattern of behavior. Attorneys for the CEO have filed a request with the court seeking an order from the judge to compel the woman's lawyers to provide information about the alleged additional victims of sexual harassment.
- The Atlanta Journal Constitution, "'Pattern of sexual harassment' alleged against Waffle House board chair," Christian Boone, Nov. 28, 2012
- The Marietta Daily Journal, "Woman says Waffle House CEO forced her into sex acts to keep her job," Kim Isaza, Nov. 9, 2012