Former waitress sues Scotch & Sirloin for discrimination

WICHITA — Former Scotch & Sirloin waitress Christina Nuss filed a discrimination lawsuit in federal court on Friday against Scotch Investment Corp.

The lawsuit says Nuss was fired for complaints about “illegal practices of terminating pregnant waitresses and promoting an atmosphere which tolerates the sexual harassment of female employees.”

Forrest Rhodes, the restaurant’s attorney, says, “Scotch doesn’t believe they did anything wrong.

“We’ll respond appropriately through the court system.”

Nuss was employed at the restaurant from 2005 to October 2008 and contends that management was pleased with her job performance throughout that time.

But Nuss says she was fired in 2008 after attempting to file online complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The lawsuit says Nuss first became concerned about how women were treated in late 2007.

She says a waitress was fired for being pregnant.

“Scotch management had told this waitress that her pregnancy was unattractive and unappealing to the male clientele of the Scotch, and that it did not fit their image,” according to the lawsuit.

In September 2008, Nuss says another waitress lost her job for being pregnant.

“At about the same time,” the lawsuit says, “another waitress had been sexually assaulted and harassed by male customers while on the job, and the management refused to do anything about it.”

Nuss says Scotch general manager Sonny Glennon called her to his office and said he knew of her EEOC complaint and that she was “planning to end the Scotch.”

The lawsuit says he then fired her “because the employment relationship could not be salvaged.”

Nuss also says the Scotch has wage payment practices that are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. She says money was illegally deducted from waitresses’ pay for cooks and advertising.

In addition to asking for more than $75,000 in damages and costs, Nuss requests the “issuance of notice of this collective action to all similarly situated employees who were employed during the limitation period” and the ability to add more plaintiffs.

Glennon says he doesn’t have a comment on the lawsuit.