Have You Experienced Sexual Harassment at Work? “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Restaurant Employee Files Lawsuit

According to the Beverly Hills Courier, a woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that the she was forced to quit her job as a server at a restaurant owned by “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump after she faced sexual harassment.

The news outlet reported that Karina Bustillos, who filed a lawsuit against Lisa and her husband Ken Todd, said that she worked at Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills for about 14 months before quitting in September 2012. She alleged that the eatery’s assistant manager, Michael Govia, tried to kiss her at work on one occasion, then several months later he grabbed her wrists and twisted them.

She alleges that the restaurant violated its own policies against sexual harassment by not doing anything to punish Govia for his alleged misconduct.

Bustillos claims she filed the lawsuit to urge women to stand up against their harassers in the workplace. “I think they don’t stand up because they’re scared to do what is right,” Bustillos said, according to the Courier. “It’s so hard to get a job right now. I’m so tired of people having to go through that. Women should not be assaulted or touched.”

In her lawsuit, Bustillos claims that she asked Govia to release her wrists, but he replied, “I’m the manager and I can do whatever I want.” She also claimed that another server told her that Govia had referred to her as two epithets commonly considered degrading to women.

How Do I File a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit?

If you believe that you are being sexually harassed at work, you should report it by contacting your human resources department internally. If the harassment continues, our Los Angeles employment attorneys can help you file a claim.

Sexual harassment should not be tolerated at a workplace. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, over 11,300 sexual harassment lawsuits were filed in 2011. If you believe you are experiencing harassment at work, get in touch with us today or connect with us on Facebook to schedule a consultation.

Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys