AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — The owner of a Transit Road restaurant is accused of sexually harassing female employees in a lawsuit filed Thursday by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. His counsel has vigorously denied the claims.
According to the EEOC lawsuit, Paul Pelczynski of Protocol made both unwelcome verbal and physical advances, ranging from comments about customers to grabbing employees to even displaying pornography at work and in the background of group text messages.
The commission also contends that the conduct caused some to quit, and that the restaurant fired female employees who complained about Pelczynski or rejected his advances.
Calling the allegations “ridiculously vague and irresponsible,” Robert L Boreanaz of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria also said:
“The Protocol has been in business for over 40 years and during this time has employed over a thousand people. This is the first occasion the restaurant has experienced this type of claim”
Pelczynski’s attorney also contends that allegations in the complaint, which you can read in full here, “lack dates, times or names of individuals. We will vigorously defend these claims in the courtroom.”
The EEOC’s Buffalo office worked on the investigation leading to this lawsuit, and is seeking a jury trial.