Celebrity Chef Mike Isabella Sued for Sexual Harassment #FACTS
MAR. 21, 2018. According to a new report in the Washington Post, chef and former #TopChef
has been sued for #sexualharassment
by former employee #ChloeCaras
Filed in the D.C. Superior Court, the suit alleges that Caras was touched without permission, her body was commented on inappropriately, and that she was called a “bitch” and a “whore.” She is seeking $4 million in damages from Isabella, his company #MikeIsabellaConcepts
and business partners #YohanAllender #TahaIsmail #GeorgePagonis
In her lawsuit, Caras — who was originally hired as a regional #manager
in 2015 and became director of operations in 2017 — says she was “routinely subjected” to sexist comments and insults, and that Isabella and Ismail both grabbed her from behind and simulated sex. The #lawsuit
also includes inappropriate messages from Isabella as well as Ismail and Pagonis, who she says included her in a group chat with sexually graphic images. The experiences, Caras said, caused her to develop anxiety.
According to the suit, the final straw came on December 5, 2017. That night, Caras was with Isabella, who the suit alleges had been drinking. When a #souschef
asked if he could join them, Isabella allegedly responded that he could if he slept with Caras. In an interview with the #WashingtonPost
Caras says she told Isabella to stop and that he “immediately got angry.” She claims that when she walked away, Isabella called her a bitch and he followed her into the kitchen. Two chefs who formerly worked for MIC, but asked to remain anonymous, corroborated the incident to the Post. According to the lawsuit, Caras was subsequently fired.
Caras is not the only woman talking about harassment at MIC. Sara Hancock, who worked for the company as a pastry sous #chef
says Isabella tried to kiss her without consent, that “whore” was used liberally, and described the work environment as both “degrading” and “a frat house.” Isabella and his partners deny the accusations. #NINFONETWORK #FOODNINFO #BUZZFEED #HUFFPOSTGRAM #EATER #TRUECOOKS #FOODNETWORK #FOODANDWINE #EEEEEATS #USWEEKLY #uglydelicious