Twin Peaks Managers Accused of Harassment

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jun. 11, 2018 12:00 am   1 min read

Twin Peaks at 10 Shackleford Dr. in Little Rock (Google Maps)

A former “Twin Peaks Girl” — her official title — alleged in a lawsuit filed last week that she was sexually harassed by customers and supervisors at the Little Rock breastaurant.

Chanci D. Gallegos of Pulaski County filed a lawsuit last week against the restaurant and her supervisors, alleging that throughout her employment the 26-year-old “was subjected to several acts that were unwelcome and sexual in nature.”

It was filed in U.S. District Court in Little Rock by attorneys Victoria Leigh and Breean Walas, both of North Little Rock.

Gallegos, who was hired in October 2016, said in the lawsuit that she received “unwanted sexual advances and sexual harassment by the general manager, Darren Paxton,” starting in November 2017.

She alleged that she also was harassed and bullied by another supervisor, Assistant Manager William Furlough. Both supervisors are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

Gallegos said she reported the harassment by customers to Furlough and Paxton. “They did nothing, and the customers were permitted to remain in the Twin Peaks’ Little Rock location,” the lawsuit said.

Instead, Gallegos said, she was retaliated against by being denied plum table sections in the restaurant.

Gallegos said she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in February and received a “Right to Sue” letter in March.

She was fired in April.

She is suing for sex and gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation and is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

An email message left with Twin Peaks’ public relations firm, Champion Management of Addison, Texas, wasn’t immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

A message left at the Twin Peaks restaurant for either Paxton or Furlough also wasn’t immediately returned.

 

 

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