TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jan 11, 2019
Knoxville restaurateur and mayoral candidate Mike Chase is being accused of sexual harassment in a $14 million lawsuit brought by a server at one of his restaurants, Knoxnews reports. The suit, filed in Knox County Circuit Court on Wednesday, details a series of persistent, sexually explicit comments Chase allegedly made to Ana Tipton-Budzynski as she served him and two of his friends on Dec. 18. In addition to $3.5 million in compensatory damages and $10.5 million in punitive damages, the lawsuit seeks the formation of a company task force to draft and implement a zero-tolerance anti-sexual harassment policy, a sexual harassment hotline for victims and witnesses, staff training, independent investigations of any future complaints and a means to automatically report any sexual harassment by Chase to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.