According to The Associated Press, a former pastry chef at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida is suing the club over allegations he was laid off due to his reporting of managers who were harassing women working in the kitchen.
Former executive pastry chef Graham Randall says in the state lawsuit filed last week that he was laid off about six months after complaining to human resources that two top managers were sending lewd texts and engaging in other offensive behavior toward two women pastry chefs. The lawsuit against the Palm Beach club and the managers seeks more than $15,000 in lost wages and damages.
In response, Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller told the AP that Randall’s allegations were “completely without merit” and “we look forward to presenting the truth and defeating the ridiculous claims.”
Randall said he alerted human resources about the behavior after one of the women showed him lewd texts, including one asking her to show a man her breasts.
The lawsuit said the two managers were eventually reprimanded and that they even thanked Randall for saving their careers because he had told human resources that he believed their behavior seemed out of character.
The pastry chef said he was told the club couldn’t afford to keep him due to the volume of charities that canceled events at Mar-a-Lago after Trump’s now-infamous refusal to disavow white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia last year.
But Randall said business had not suffered, as evidenced by all the special visas requested by the club for foreign workers to fill jobs after he was laid off, including pastry chef jobs.