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A former cashier at a Whole Foods Market in San Francisco filed a lawsuit this week, alleging that she was harassed by her husband shift supervisor and was terminated a few days after reporting the improper conduct of his superiors.
Julianna Casteneda claimed that the supervisor began making inappropriate sexual comments during her first week of employment, the San Francisco Chronicle and Mercury News of San Jose reported, citing the lawsuit. She worked there from October to December of this year, the reports said.
The man repeatedly called her a “girl,” and touched her on the waist and the shoulder, without permission, the lawsuit claims, adding that he claimed that his desire to “make love” to her, the paper reported.
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He would ask why Casteneda would not wear more revealing or sexy clothing to work, the suit claims.
Casteneda told repeatedly that the supervisor not to use the inappropriate comments, but he remained, the lawsuit claims. She claimed that she reported his behavior to management a few times, but the company found no answer.
Casteneda was described that the management of the implementation in detail and showed them text messages that are sexually inappropriate language.
After a final complaint to the management on Oct. 8, she was suspended for the next day and fired on Oct. 12, the suit claims.
The reason provided for her termination was that she had accepted a bottle of alcohol as a gift from the supervisor and failed to report the harassment in a “timely” the Chronicle reported, citing the lawsuit.
Casteneda under the age of 21.
Whole Foods did not respond to requests for comment from the Chronicle.