Attorney for Hanes Mall Dairy Queen denies sexual harassment allegations

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The attorney for the owner of the Dairy Queen restaurant in Hanes Mall has denied the allegations in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former female employee, saying that the business didn’t discriminate against the woman.

Attorney James B. Craven III of Durham filed a response to the lawsuit on Feb. 13 on behalf of his client, YS&J Enterprises Inc., which operates the Dairy Queen/Orange Julius in the mall.

In court papers, Craven asks a federal district judge in Greensboro to dismiss the lawsuit and not award any damages to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the former employee.

Neither Craven nor Darryl Edwards, an EEOC trial attorney in Charlotte, returned phone calls seeking comment Thursday.

The EEOC filed the lawsuit in December on behalf of Chastity Hill-Cox, who says she was fired after she complained about being sexually harassed by a male co-worker. The suit argues that the alleged harassment violated Hill-Cox’s civil rights.

The alleged harassment occurred between March and August 2009. A male cashier talked to Hill-Cox about his sex life and made sexual gestures toward her, according to the lawsuit.

Credit: The Winston-Salem Journal

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