Former Employee Sues California-Based Catering Company Over Alleged Co-Worker Gender Harassment

According to the Christian Post, a former employee at a California-based catering business is suing the company after allegedly being abused at its Oregon facilities by being referred to in gender terms.

The news outlet reported that Valeria Jones alleges that coworkers at Bon Appétit Management of Palo Alto frequently used words like “miss,” “lady” and similar terms instead of more gender-neutral phrases. Jones filed a lawsuit in the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon.

Jones reportedly left the questionnaire on a Bon Appétit job application blank when it asked about male or female identification. “During the next few months, Jones spoke with managers about the problem — asking them to address employees as a group and present information about gender identity. The managers didn’t follow through,” the lawsuit states.

In the lawsuit, Jones is asking for $500,000 in damages and more than $18,000 in lost benefits and wages. A representative with Bon Appétit Management would not respond to inquiries from the Christian Post, saying the issue involved a personnel matter.

The news outlet reported that if successful, “Jones would not be the first person to not ascribe to a traditional gender identity to win a lawsuit regarding alleged gender identity discrimination in Oregon.”

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