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Rapid City man says female Hardee's boss made sex a condition of employment
Rapid City Journal ^ | 2/21/2014 | Scott Feldman

Posted on 02/23/2014 10:04:29 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity

A Rapid City man has filed a federal lawsuit against the Hardee’s restaurant chain, alleging he was pressured into a sexual relationship with his female supervisor, who then fired him when he ended it.

Gerald Anderson of Rapid City filed the lawsuit against the Northland Restaurant Group, operating as Hardee's, claiming that the business violated anti-discrimination laws.

Anderson said he unfairly lost his job at the restaurant in October 2012, according to a complaint filed Feb. 5.

In the lawsuit, which presents only one side of a dispute, Anderson claims he was hired at Hardee's in August 2012 by restaurant manager Danielle Dahlenburg. Anderson claims Dahlenburg subjected him to "unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and sexual touching" during his employment, according to court documents.

The suit does not say which of the two Rapid City Hardee's locations the incidents took place, or if Dahlenburg is still employed by the chain.

Anderson, who first took his claims to state and federal fair employment agencies, says the unwelcome sexual overtures were an expressed or implied condition of his employment, and as such he submitted to her requests, the suit alleges.

"When she hired him, Dahlenburg told plaintiff that if he 'applied' himself and worked with her 'on and off the clock' he could advance to a management position," the suit alleges. "Dahlenburg led plaintiff to believe that his submission to her sexual advances was a condition of his employment and that he would be fired, or otherwise retaliated against, if he did not acquiesce."

Anderson's suit claims that when he ended the relationship in October 2012, he was terminated about one week later. His attorney claims the manager's behavior was illegal under federal and state employment law.

“The primary allegation that we have here is that his employment was conditioned upon his participation in a sexual relationship with his supervisor and that constitutes unlawful employment discrimination,” said Sarah Baron Houy, Anderson's attorney.

Hardee's has not yet filed a response to the lawsuit, Houy said.

Messages left with Northland Restaurant Group seeking comment were not returned. Dahlenburg is not named as a defendant in the suit. She could not be reached for comment and an online phone listing for her was no longer in service.

In April 2013, Anderson filed discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the South Dakota Division of Human Rights. In July 2013, the SDDHR issued a determination of probable cause. That finding was backed by the EEOC in November 2013 and he was sent a Notice of Right to Sue.

Anderson is seeking unspecified punitive and compensatory damages for lost wages, benefits, attorney fees and other costs due to "humiliation and embarrassment," according to the suit.


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1 posted on 02/23/2014 10:04:29 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

First, the main question. Is she hot?


2 posted on 02/23/2014 10:05:52 AM PST by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Crazy Cracker Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Oh BS


3 posted on 02/23/2014 10:05:56 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

We need pictures to determine guilt or innocense.


4 posted on 02/23/2014 10:08:30 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

Pics or it didn’t happen.


5 posted on 02/23/2014 10:11:07 AM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Staffers.


6 posted on 02/23/2014 10:12:00 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: The Iceman Cometh

“Ummm manager, when you said you wanted a whopper, I didn’t know you wanted mine..”

The case will be thrown out, IMHO. This clown must really need the job flipping burgers and he could’ve said no at that point.


7 posted on 02/23/2014 10:12:45 AM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: max americana

havin it his way


8 posted on 02/23/2014 10:13:29 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

He’ll hath no fury like a horny Hardee’s supervisor.


9 posted on 02/23/2014 10:13:51 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

I was told by Bill Clinton that sex with a superior is always consensual.


10 posted on 02/23/2014 10:14:22 AM PST by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: morphing libertarian

Hold the mayo, please.


11 posted on 02/23/2014 10:14:46 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: morphing libertarian

LOL


12 posted on 02/23/2014 10:14:59 AM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: blueunicorn6

“He’ll”

Oh, those ever vigilant Apple employees.


13 posted on 02/23/2014 10:15:12 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Izzy Dunne

eeeeeww!


14 posted on 02/23/2014 10:15:31 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Parley Baer
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2566055/Fast-food-waiter-says-pressured-relationship-boss-fired-ended.html

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15 posted on 02/23/2014 10:17:36 AM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2566055/Fast-food-waiter-says-pressured-relationship-boss-fired-ended.html


16 posted on 02/23/2014 10:17:51 AM PST by digger48
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
He said - she said.....he'll lose....unless they did selfies during their passionate moments.

But even that won't prove anything, anyhow.

Where's the beef?

Leni

17 posted on 02/23/2014 10:18:27 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: The Antiyuppie

post #15

it happened


18 posted on 02/23/2014 10:19:24 AM PST by digger48
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To: max americana
I'm going to guess here that this guy is a tightly wound vindictive sort of guy....

it sounds very subjective.

was he perhaps a lousy employee and got fired, period?.

19 posted on 02/23/2014 10:19:34 AM PST by cherry
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

I guess there are people out there who view every employer as a potential cash cow. Fast food manager makes an “unwanted” advance; national restaurant chain sued for millions. He’s cashing in his winning scratch off ticket.


20 posted on 02/23/2014 10:19:53 AM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: digger48

That’s the guy’s LAWYER, not the supervisor. My guess is that the supervisor is not so nubile, or skinny...


21 posted on 02/23/2014 10:21:47 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Pan_Yan

The Hamburglar should be the jury foreman.

That would make them Grimace.


22 posted on 02/23/2014 10:21:50 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: All

Why did he get fired?

She wanted a Whooper but he only had french fry


23 posted on 02/23/2014 10:21:54 AM PST by Kolath
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To: digger48

That’s his lawyer, right?
Wonder what the boss looks like?


24 posted on 02/23/2014 10:22:00 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
So, Hardee's isn't about burgers and fries anymore?

-PJ

25 posted on 02/23/2014 10:22:04 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: digger48

“post #15

it happened”

Given this new information, I’d tell her to hold the pickle.


26 posted on 02/23/2014 10:22:18 AM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: digger48
That is a photo of the guy's attorney.

Caption under the photo you posted:
Legal position: Anderson's attorney, Sarah Baron Houy (pictured), claims Dahlenburg acted illegally when she allegedly preyed on Anderson

27 posted on 02/23/2014 10:23:09 AM PST by rawhide
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To: digger48

That’s his attorney.


28 posted on 02/23/2014 10:23:12 AM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: digger48
Pic is of the plaintiff's attorney.
29 posted on 02/23/2014 10:23:58 AM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: cherry

Or he’s gay.


30 posted on 02/23/2014 10:24:55 AM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

“Rapid City” where they get right down to business.


31 posted on 02/23/2014 10:28:56 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: rawhide

That is a photo of the guy’s attorney.


Is she demanding sex as a condition of representing him in court?


32 posted on 02/23/2014 10:30:24 AM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Hail Mary pass looking for a settlement? The complaint was after the firing.


33 posted on 02/23/2014 10:30:44 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: digger48
Ooops...I do believe this is the guys lawyer. Not sure why they woul post a pic of her...

Sarah Baron Houy

 photo article-2566055-1BC3B4F100000578-280_306x423.jpg photo baronbig.jpg

34 posted on 02/23/2014 10:31:30 AM PST by digger48
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To: Gaffer
That’s the guy’s LAWYER,

She can "represent" me, anytime.

35 posted on 02/23/2014 10:31:36 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: digger48

That pic is his attorney.

Funny they decided to use it anyway. LOL


36 posted on 02/23/2014 10:33:29 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: digger48
she's awful not-guilty to be needing to blackmail someone for sex...

I am guessing they date, she found out he was an asshole and broke up with him and then fired him.

and he is using this made up story to get back at her and ruin her life and career

37 posted on 02/23/2014 10:34:00 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Mr. K

oops! I see it is his lawyer.

Looks like they posted the only hot person in this group


38 posted on 02/23/2014 10:35:06 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Gaffer

I’m waiting for Episode Two when the guy claims his (female) attorney demanded sex as her form of payment.


39 posted on 02/23/2014 10:35:08 AM PST by moovova
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To: cripplecreek

Other than the fact she’s hot, I can’t think of any other reason to have a picture of his lawyer on the article


40 posted on 02/23/2014 10:35:29 AM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

They just knew what everybody wanted so they provided something.


41 posted on 02/23/2014 10:37:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dfwgator
"That’s the guy’s LAWYER,"

Is sex part of the representation deal?

42 posted on 02/23/2014 10:37:44 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: digger48

You gotta give the people what they want.


43 posted on 02/23/2014 10:37:57 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

You get credit for the original thought. I should’ve continued reading all comments b4 posting.

See #39.


44 posted on 02/23/2014 10:38:41 AM PST by moovova
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To: fella

It’s part of EVERY deal with lawyers.(You get screwed)


45 posted on 02/23/2014 10:41:52 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Political Junkie Too
So, Hardee's isn't about burgers and fries anymore?

I like Hardee's burgers, but I really look forward to Lent, even though I'm not Catholic... Hardee's a charbroiled fish filet sandwich that's incredible!

Mark

46 posted on 02/23/2014 10:45:40 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
female Hardee's boss made sex a condition of employment

Where can I find a Hardee Job Application Form?
47 posted on 02/23/2014 10:45:44 AM PST by Koracan
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To: digger48

Next I imagine they’ll be telling us that his lawyer demanded that he have sex with her as a condition of taking his case ;-)


48 posted on 02/23/2014 10:45:52 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: dfwgator

Besides the potential of the guy’s lawyer throwing him something on ‘contingency’ here, I’d say this is probably just a case of “deep pocket syndrome.”


49 posted on 02/23/2014 10:48:24 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Probably more like:


50 posted on 02/23/2014 10:49:50 AM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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