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Darden, GMRI Can Make Workers Arbitrate Sexual Harassment Claims

Jan. 28, 2022, 6:10 PM

Two women who say their manager at a Longhorn Steakhouse sexually harassed them must arbitrate their claims against Darden Restaurants Inc. and subsidiary GMRI Inc., a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled.

The women, who sued anonymously as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, both signed the restaurant’s dispute resolution agreement when they were hired, which includes a promise to arbitrate employment-related claims after other steps in the dispute resolution process prove ineffective, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said.

They argued that their promises to arbitrate were unenforceable, but discovery on the issue showed that wasn’t ...

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