The Oprah Winfrey OWN Network’s wildly popular hit reality show, “Sweetie Pie’s” is reportedly named in a lawsuit that was filed on Tuesday by one of its former employees, Veronica Tate, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Tate, who filed her documents with the U.S. District Court, was employed by the restaurant’s Grove Street location for exactly one week back in October 2012. The young woman is claiming in the court papers, she was the object of constant unwanted sexual advances from a man named “Ike” who allegedly went as far as to put his hands on her, bumped in to her, and repeatedly make comments of a sexual nature.
Instead of coming to Tate’s defense, the woman alleges that management only made excuses for her harasser, oftentimes chalking up his lewd behavior to it just being his nature. After lodging a series of complaints against Ike, Tate claims she was told to meet with the company’s business manager, Charles Bussey, who is oftentimes featured on the reality show. Upon contacting Bussey, however, Tate alleges he offered her a position at one of the chain’s other locations but then never contacted her again to cement the deal.
Consequently, Tate took her complaint initially to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in February of last year. Tate, whom just filed her lawsuit earlier this week, is reportedly requesting a jury trial.
Sweetie Pie’s is owned Robbie Montgomery (pictured in red), a former backup singer for the famed sixties husband and wife soul duo Ike and Tina Turner.