SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Former employees of Four Barrel Coffee, a popular San Francisco coffee roaster, filed a lawsuit on Friday in San Francisco Superior Court against the company and its founder Jeremy Tooker, alleging he sexually assaulted multiple women, harassed others and created a toxic workplace for female staff members.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the eight women named in the lawsuit allege incidents where Tooker assaulted a female employee in a hotel room, only stopping when other employees intervened, forcibly grabbed another employee’s neck, simulated sex acts with employees at a company party, made lewd speeches, kissed employees against their will and threatened to fire a staff member for speaking to another former employee.READ MORE: Support Builds for KPIX Reporter Targeted in YouTuber's Racist Remarks
The suit depicts a company with rampant sexual misconduct, and an ownership group — led by Tooker, along with partners Jodi Geren and Tal Mor — that chose to address neither the misconduct nor employees’ complaints about it. One employee was let go soon after reporting an incident to management and was told she was “not a good fit” for the company.
According to the suit, partners Jodi Geren and Tal Mor responded to complaints about Tooker sexually assaulting multiple women at a company party by telling the employees not to “create drama.”READ MORE: Prop Gun Fired by Alec Baldwin on Movie Set Kills Cinematographer, Wounds Bay Area Director
Neither Tooker nor Geren responded to multiple Chronicle inquiries regarding the allegations.
Local chefs Charlie Hallowell of Pizzaiolo, Boot & Shoe Service, and Penrose, Ken Friedman, co-owner of Tosca Cafe, and Michael Chirarello of Coqueta and Bottega have all faced allegations from several employees each of harassment.MORE NEWS: Former Oakland Police Captain Wounded During Fatal Shooting At Gas Station
© Copyright 2018 Entercom Communications Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed