Adam Proulx worked as a chef at Medina Golf and Country Club for just under a year. During that time, he says that he and other hourly workers were deducted 45 minutes’ pay every shift for meal breaks they were too busy to take, and that his kitchen manager grabbed his butt on three separate occasions.
Each time, Proulx reported the sexual harassment to the executive chef, Chad Kestner, according to a lawsuit filed against the golf club. Kestner allegedly responded that there were “some things in this industry you just have to deal with and work past.”
According to the suit, Proulx’s manager went on to rub his genitals against Proulx when Medina failed to intervene.
“He had done the most he felt that he could do, by reporting it up the chain of command,” says Proulx’s attorney, Tim Phillips, of Joshua R. Williams Law. “And so when you’ve complained and you’re forced to come back to work, that certainly affects somebody in a significant way.”
The lawyer says that Proulx left Medina in February in a mutually agreed upon separation.
Medina managers did not respond for comment or requests for copies of the employee contract. However, the country club's lawyer, Courtney Blanchard of Nilan Johnson Lewis, denied Proulx's allegations in a statement:
"We prohibit sexual harassment and instruct our employees to report any form of sexual harassment to his or her supervisor, manager, upper level management, or the President. Furthermore, we take employee compensation and break time seriously. Mr. Proulx's allegations are inconsistent with both his pay records and Medina's written policy."
In its official answer to Proulx's lawsuit, Medina claims that it does not have sufficient information to definitely say whether Proulx had been molested at work, if he reported it, or if Kestner responded the way Proulx remembers. Medina asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit.