LAPORTE | The Indiana Civil Rights Commission issued a finding of probable cause against Colima Restaurant in LaPorte alleging gender-based discrimination against an employee.
According to a statement issued by the ICRC Thursday, an employee filed a complaint in May 2012 alleging she was subjected to unwanted and explicit comments during her employment at Colima Restaurant, 301 Lincolnway. She alleges male employees were treated more favorably.
The woman said she spoke to the owners, but no action was taken. Restaurant representatives told the ICRC they have an employee handbook, but did not have one when the complaint occurred.
"As such, there were no clear policies or procedures established at the time of the incidents to report harassment," according to the ICRC statement.
"The issue before the commission is whether the alleging party was subjected to unlawful harassment based on her sex," ICRC Deputy Director Akia Haynes said in the statement. "Through our initial investigation, there is reason to believe this was the case."
A public hearing must take place before the commission to determine whether violations of the Indiana Civil Rights Law took place, Haynes said.
Owners and managers of Colima Restaurant were not available for comment Thursday, according to staff who answered the phone at the restaurant.