Sex Harassment Suit Filed Against Chick-Fil-A

Women Claim They Were Harassed At Chula Vista Location

Four women are suing a fast food restaurant in Chula Vista, claiming they were sexually harassed on the job for two years.

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Chick-Fil-A is known for being a very religious company. Part of their corporate statement reads: "… To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us."

The company even closes its restaurants on Sundays.

"It's so we can dedicate ourselves to God and to family. So then why are they destroying my family?" said Norma Duarte.

Duarte is one of four women who claim the company's religious and family values don't apply to the Chula Vista location.

"Each day it seemed to be getting worse and worse," Duarte said.

With her attorney by her side, Duarte explained why she and the three other women filed a lawsuit for an undisclosed amount against a male supervisor and the restaurant's owner.

Duarte said one allegation included "the manager putting me in the refrigerator and kissing me and touching me in a sexual manner."

Duarte, who worked at the Chula Vista location for seven years, said there are cameras inside the restaurant. However, she said the incidents happened in locations where there were no cameras.

Duarte told 10News the harassment went on for two years and even occurred when customers were in the restaurant.

10News tried to contact Chick-Fil-A's local management and the company's office in Atlanta, but calls were not returned.

Duarte said she has one message for the supervisor named in her lawsuit, and it all goes back to "family values."

"OK, you just had a baby. I hope that God will never allow anything like this to happen to that baby," she said.

The four women filing the lawsuit are all of different ethnic backgrounds. They claimed the owner threatened to have them deported if they complained, but Duarte said the women will move forward with the lawsuit anyway.

Duarte has been placed on disability leave from the restaurant.

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