Nobu Malibu LLC has responded to a hostess’ lawsuit alleging sexual harassment by managers and patrons with new court docket papers citing a number of authorized defenses and urging that judgment be entered within the restaurant’s favor together with an award of attorneys’ charges.
The plaintiff, a 23-year-old hostess recognized solely as Jane Doe, sued the restaurant in Los Angeles Superior Court docket, alleging she and her feminine colleagues have been routinely subjected to sexual assault by clients and managers.
“Due to its shut proximity to Hollywood’s brightest stars and (on account of) Nobu’s `please the client first’ mantra, plaintiff and different younger feminine hostesses performing the identical function, endure outright sexual advances and abuse for the sake of sustaining Nobu’s glamorous popularity and holding their jobs,” the go well with filed Sept. 13 states.
However in court docket papers filed Thursday with Decide Daniel M. Crowley, Nobu attorneys keep that Doe’s claims are barred in entire or partly by the statute of limitations and the plaintiff’s “personal actions and course of conduct.”
Nobu attorneys additionally keep that Doe is certain by a binding settlement to arbitrate any office disputes and that her request for punitive damages is unconstitutional. The protection attorneys ask that judgment be entered within the restaurant’s favor and that or not it’s awarded attorneys’ charges.
On Sept. 18, a lady recognized solely as Jayne Doe II filed the same go well with, alleging sexual assault and battery, gender discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to forestall discrimination and harassment and negligent hiring and supervision.
Jayne Doe II “treasures her employment at Nobu, not just for her regular wage, but additionally for the popularity that comes with an in any other case fascinating job that affords plaintiff work flexibility,” the second criticism states.
Nonetheless, Nobu requires its younger hostesses to greet friends in scantily clad black uniforms whereas not defending them from “overt sexual harassment” from each patrons and supervisors, the second go well with states.
The Nobu eating places have been based by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro and producer Meir Teper.
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