According to a lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County, Florida, kitchen workers at a Morton's of Chicago steakhouse in Boca Raton, Florida allegedly placed raw vegetables in their underwear before serving them to diners.
In his harassment lawsuit against the restaurant chain, chef Reggie Williams claims he witnessed a colleague "place stalks of asparagus inside his underwear, next to his anal/genital area in order to simulate his penis" and then "serve that asparagus to Morton's unsuspecting paying customers."
"This was unquestionably unhygienic and reprehensible behavior," says William's lawyer Jorge Silva. "Reggie and other kitchen staffers called attention to the food handling practices and harassment but management did nothing. The climate in the restaurant is that employees better have a thick skin or they don't belong. Some workers who complained were fired."
Williams has been on leave from the restaurant since February when, he alleges, a co-worker exposed himself.
Williams is seeking an undetermined amount of money from Morton's. He wants punitive damages for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil rights violations. Store managers are also being sued because, Williams claims, they turned a blind eye to the alleged shenanigans.
The lawsuit also states that one manager allegedly tried "to kiss other male co-workers, grab them, including their private parts, and hug them... would come behind male workers aggressively, lick their ears, grab their buttocks and simulate dry-humping/anal intercourse."
Morton's did not comment on the litigation, but is offering special three-course menu for $109.99 for a table of two.