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Lawsuit Claims Melrose Eatery Replaced Female Servers With ‘Handsome Men’
CBSLA.com) ^ | December 6, 2013 11:01 AM

Posted on 12/06/2013 1:52:00 PM PST by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A lawsuit filed by a former server at a trendy Melrose Avenue restaurant alleges a new owner sought to replace female servers with “handsome men.”

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against The Larchmont includes allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination based on gender, retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

According to the suit, Lauren Costa was hired as a server in 2008 at the eatery located at 5750 Melrose Ave. when it was known as the Larchmont Grill, which was sold in January to a group that changed the name to The Larchmont.

One of the new owners, Robert Kass, who is named in the lawsuit, “is a homosexual and openly discussed his sexual orientation with his staff,” according to the suit.

In the lawsuit, Costa alleges Kass would only greet and chat male staffers upon arriving at work and was “condescending and rude” when he did greet Costa.

She was removed altogether from the restaurant’s employee schedule and terminated on June 21, according to the suit.

Costa also alleges she is owed back wages for overtime pay and that she was not provided sufficient meal and rest periods.

A representative for The Larchmont did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the suit.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: antibreeder; civilrights; discrimination; gayonly; gaystapotactics; heterophobia; homosexualagenda; injusticedepartment; larchmontgrill; lavendermafia; misogynist; sexism; thelarchmont; waronwomen

1 posted on 12/06/2013 1:52:00 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

I read the title and asked myself “Why?” yet knew the answer before I even read the article.

Hoo Boy!


2 posted on 12/06/2013 1:54:20 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: BenLurkin
Oh ... my goodness!
3 posted on 12/06/2013 1:55:20 PM PST by steelhead_trout (MYOB)
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To: BenLurkin

The fagola are GUILTY


4 posted on 12/06/2013 1:56:01 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: BenLurkin

Ms Costa needs to change the language in her lawsuit leaving off mention of homosexuality and emphasizing plain old male sexism if she wants it to succeed.


5 posted on 12/06/2013 1:56:05 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Responsibility2nd

Not that I was ever going to eat there anyway— but now I’d be afraid of catching hepatitis (or worse)


6 posted on 12/06/2013 1:56:13 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Preliminary attempts to find Ms. Costa’s pic have failed.
The FR jury will remain empaneled pending evidence.


7 posted on 12/06/2013 1:56:38 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: Responsibility2nd

I think the headline says it all


8 posted on 12/06/2013 1:57:05 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: nascarnation

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/lovely.wav


9 posted on 12/06/2013 1:58:02 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Nicely done!


10 posted on 12/06/2013 1:59:33 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: BenLurkin; Revolting cat!
“is a homosexual and openly discussed his sexual orientation with his staff"

"Heh, huh, heh, huh!"


11 posted on 12/06/2013 2:00:57 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: BenLurkin
WAR ON WOMEN
WAR ON WOMEN
WAR ON WOMEN

If NOW and Sandra Fluke are gonna be silent on this matter,others will need to pick up the slack.

12 posted on 12/06/2013 2:02:35 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: BenLurkin
Interesting development here. Arrogant homo's vs. whinny feminazi’s. Both groups accustomed to to getting preferential treatment because of what they have between their legs, or what they do with what's between their legs. Let ‘em duke it out and see where they stand on the PC ladder.

If we're lucky they'll destroy eachother.

13 posted on 12/06/2013 2:10:27 PM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: BenLurkin

I’d never eat there, either. I do, however, defend his right to hire or fire anyone for any reason whatsoever. Such is (or should be) the case with all at-will employees.


14 posted on 12/06/2013 2:19:59 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I guessed it too. Waiting to see who trumps who in this clash of liberal ideals - homos vs. feminists.


15 posted on 12/06/2013 2:23:39 PM PST by 3catsanadog (I love my country; I don't like its government)
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To: BenLurkin

Ihate to say it, but a former high-rolling Chicago exchage type once told me that in the high-end restaurants it was de rigeur to hire fastidious homosexual waiters, and Hispanic bus boys. In theory, such hires would make the hire based on the impression it would leave on the guests.


16 posted on 12/06/2013 2:25:17 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: BenLurkin

http://thelarchmont.com/

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/robert-kass/3/a27/313


17 posted on 12/06/2013 2:31:02 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: a fool in paradise
True story. Not long after I acquired a car while living in Japan, a service station opened where all the attendants were very shapely young females dressed in cute but mildly revealing uniforms.

No, you don't pump your own gas there. And, no, they don't have idiotic laws about who you can hire.

It was fun to see these cute chicks, surround your car, wash your windows, check your oil and pump your gas. My daughters thought it was fun, too. My wife, not so much.

18 posted on 12/06/2013 2:31:44 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Cicero; Dr. Sivana

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) my current financial situation precludes me from going out for fast food — let alone high end dining.


19 posted on 12/06/2013 2:35:54 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Hamburger Hamlet used to hire only black waiters. We ate there anyway.


20 posted on 12/06/2013 2:57:51 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: Misterioso

Wasn’t that the restaurant which used to serve brownies the side of a football?

Those were something!


21 posted on 12/06/2013 3:08:40 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Big deal; there are plenty of places that only hire attractive women to tend bar. And probably homosexual hangouts that only hire...well, you know.


22 posted on 12/06/2013 3:08:56 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: steelhead_trout

23 posted on 12/06/2013 3:12:41 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: BenLurkin

Sort of an inverse Hooters situation, eh?


24 posted on 12/06/2013 3:44:08 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: NonValueAdded

25 posted on 12/06/2013 3:48:04 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: mountn man

Yeah, I always wondered why the Robinsons let Will hang around with that guy.


26 posted on 12/06/2013 3:51:37 PM PST by steelhead_trout (MYOB)
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To: BenLurkin

Homosexuals are nasty, caty bitches....


27 posted on 12/06/2013 3:56:24 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: NonValueAdded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSbZ2RFSB-c


28 posted on 12/06/2013 3:58:06 PM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: BenLurkin

Generally, when you buy a business, you buy the assets and not the employees.

Employees would be hired or not by the new employer/company.


29 posted on 12/06/2013 4:20:49 PM PST by ADSUM
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To: BenLurkin
Not that I was ever going to eat there anyway— but now I’d be afraid of catching hepatitis (or worse)

Regardless of who is working the front of the house, I can all but completely assure you that the staff in the kitchen (where you will get food-bourne illnesses from), is 100% Spanish-speaking.

30 posted on 12/06/2013 4:22:52 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Vigilanteman

Especially after topping off your “tank” 2-3 times a day.


31 posted on 12/06/2013 4:23:46 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: gorush

They don’t hire guys at Lesbian bars either.

Obviously the guy was turning the joint into a gay bar for men.

Why would she want to stay, Is she a fag hag?


32 posted on 12/06/2013 4:36:57 PM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Morgana

I never understood who Cindy Margolis was and why exactly she was famous... I wish I could legitimately say the same about Kim Kardashian.


33 posted on 12/06/2013 4:37:43 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Dr. Sivana

Waiters in cummerbunds and Maitre ‘d in Tuxedo or just replaced with men wearing name tags and aprons? Big difference imho between the two.

Can a traditional elegant restaurant get away with a all male serving staff these days?


34 posted on 12/06/2013 5:04:52 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe. I don’t remember, but their lobster bisque was famous.


35 posted on 12/06/2013 11:22:53 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: steelhead_trout
At least Paul Lind was FUNNY.
Humor goes a long way to cover a multitude of flaws.
36 posted on 12/07/2013 11:23:20 AM PST by cloudmountain
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