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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Scotch & Sirloin settles one lawsuit with former waitresses

WICHITA — Scotch & Sirloin’s parent company has settled part of its lawsuit with former and current waitresses at the restaurant.

In 2009, Former Scotch & Sirloin waitress Christina Nuss filed a discrimination lawsuit in federal court against Scotch Investment Corp.

Part of the suit said the Scotch has wage payment practices that are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Nuss said money was illegally deducted from waitresses’ pay for cooks, dishwashers and advertising.

That portion of the lawsuit was certified as a collective action. Current or former waitresses (dating back to March 17, 2007) could opt into the wage claim.

That’s the part of the suit that’s been settled.

A gag order prevents either side from talking. According to court documents, though, 20 waitresses are included in the settlement, and they are to receive twice the amount of tips they contended were wrongfully withheld along with attorney fees.

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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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