Two former Scotch & Sirloin managers file lawsuit claiming they were fired after refusing to lie for the company

WICHITA — Two more former Scotch & Sirloin employees have filed a lawsuit against Scotch Investment Corp.

Former managers Saprina Almosrati and Lindsey Moate filed a federal lawsuit last week over their dismissal from the restaurant for what they say are issues related to past lawsuits waitresses have filed against the company.

Almosrati and Moate claim they were fired for their unwillingness to lie or falsify documents related to those lawsuits.

In recent years, two former waitresses sued the company claiming they were fired or reassigned jobs after becoming pregnant.

A third employee filed a lawsuit after claiming she was fired for reporting the issue over the pregnancies to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Part of that lawsuit included a claim that the Scotch has wage payment practices that are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The claim that money had been illegally deducted from waitresses’ pay for cooks and advertising became certified as a collective action.

Each of the discrimination cases was settled and the company has paid the wage claims.

Randy Rathbun, the attorney who filed the lawsuits on behalf of those clients, also is representing Almosrati and Moate in their suit against Scotch Investment.

“We’ve got a situation where they tried to cover up wrongdoing with lies,” Rathbun says. “If they would have been honest from the start and not tried to get people to lie about it . . . it would have been much less of a problem to them than it is now.”

General manager Sonny Glennon says what Almosrati and Moate are claiming is wrong.

“I really don’t think I’ve done anything,” he said. “I didn’t do anything except do what I had to do to run a business, and unfortunately, I’m going to have to listen to what other people have to say.”

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Ron Ryan’s AgriBoard Industries wins $2.26 million judgment over 2009 fire

UPDATED — Ron Ryan and his AgriBoard Industries have prevailed in a federal lawsuit against his insurance company, Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance, over a 2009 fire at his Electra, Texas, plant.

“We felt like the insurance company owed us more money than what they felt like,” Ryan says. “They had to have a jury tell them that they agreed with me — not them.”

An ILM representative declined comment.

The company had already paid for some damages, but now a jury has ruled ILM has to pay an additional $2.26 million.

“Initially, they didn’t pay for almost anything,” Ryan says. “They wanted things like proof of ownership and all kinds of stuff, most of which was destroyed in the fire.”

Ryan says fire-proof safes weren’t enough to combat the intense heat — he was told it was as much as 3,000 degrees — from what started as a wildfire.

“Every square inch of our floor literally exploded,” he says.

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A third former Scotch & Sirloin waitress sues for discrimination

WICHITA — Another former Scotch & Sirloin waitress has filed a federal lawsuit against the restaurant alleging discrimination due to a pregnancy.

Tricia Molina worked at the restaurant from January 2009 to October 2009.

The lawsuit says business was slow at that time, and Molina made plans to return during the busier holiday season.

She claims that when she called to confirm her return date, she was told that because she was pregnant, she couldn’t return until after she gave birth.

As Have You Heard? reported in December, former Scotch waitress Erica Pizzola filed a federal suit claiming she was fired after Scotch general manager Sonny Glennon learned she was pregnant.

That case has been settled.

Former waitress Christina Nuss also filed a lawsuit claiming “illegal practices of terminating pregnant waitresses and promoting an atmosphere which tolerates the sexual harassment of female employees.”

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

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Farha Construction sues Ed Banda of Suede Piano Bar

WICHITA — Farha Construction has filed a lawsuit against Ed Banda of Suede Piano Bar for more than $25,000 the company says it’s owed for labor and materials.

Attorney Randy Rathbun, who is representing Farha, says Banda hasn’t paid anything since signing a contract for the work at the Old Town bar in late 2007.

“These guys have infinite patience,” Rathbun says of Farha, “but after . . . two years of not getting paid anything, even their patience is getting tested.”

Banda says he’s trying to settle the suit but won’t discuss it further in case it goes to court.

Second former Scotch & Sirloin waitress sued the restaurant earlier this year

WICHITA — Christina Nuss isn’t the only former Scotch & Sirloin waitress to sue Scotch Investment Corp. this year.

On Friday, Nuss filed a federal discrimination lawsuit alleging “illegal practices of terminating pregnant waitresses and promoting an atmosphere which tolerates the sexual harassment of female employees.”

Earlier this year, former Scotch waitress Erica Pizzola filed a federal suit claiming she was fired after general manager Sonny Glennon learned she was pregnant.

According to the lawsuit, “Glennon told the plaintiff that she needed to leave now while she was on ‘good terms’ with the restaurant management.”

The lawsuit stated that Pizzola had since discovered two other waitresses were fired because of pregnancies.

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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.

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