ASHLAND, WI– The District Court in Western Wisconsin has ordered the owner of the Ashland Burger King to pay two former employees a total of more than $400,000 due to what court documents say was a failure to adequately investigate complaints of sexual harassment.
According to federal court documents, general manager Jesse Walitshek sexually harassed former employees Chelsea Shubat and Allison Shubat.
Walitsheck reportedly sent naked photos of himself, made numerous sexual advances, and sent multiple sexually explicit Facebook messages.
Documents also state Chelsea contacted the district manager, Chad Hebert, to inform him about these events. Hebert reportedly said he was busy and would try to set up another time to meet.
According to documents, Herbert failed to adequately investigate the complaints.
The District Court ruled in the civil case earlier this month the owner of the restaurant, Chicago-based Cave Enterprises Operations, would have to pay the two former employees more than $400,000.
Chelsea Shubat was awarded $255,920 for damages, and Allison Shubat was awarded $155,020 for damages. The company was also ordered to pay multiple legal fees.
No criminal charges have been filed against Cave Enterprises Operations.