A fast food restaurant is being sued by a former employee who was a minor at the time of employment, claiming she was sexually harassed by her supervisor while working at Hardee’s in Branson West.
A petition was filed in Stone County against the restaurant and her alleged abuser, Wyatt-Thomas Robert Cannady, 23 for harassment that had taken place this past spring when the victim was only 16 years old. Cannady is also facing charges of second-degree statutory sodomy along with sexual harassment allegations against the employee. His trial is scheduled for October 17th of this year.
The file claims that Cannady had sex with a girl who was legally underage after hours at the Hardee’s on Business in Branson West. The document states that Cannady had admitted to having sex in the women’s bathroom and was knowledgeable of girl was only 16 at the time.
The victim made a statement that she felt pressured into having sex with Cannady because he was her supervisor and had authority over her. The sexual act took place after months of alleged sexual harassment toward the girl while she was employed there. Sexual advancements by Cannady also took place post statutory sodomy but were not reciprocated by the victim.
The claim states that the company CLM Restaurants LLC should have made themselves aware in Cannady’s inappropriate behavior in order to better protect other employees. It also states CLM “failed to properly supervise or secure its location so that minor employees … were protected from sexual advances from management.”
She victim had quit her job last month due to the fact she felt that she was not in a safe working environment, but rather a dangerous and hostile one. The victim is asking for damages “in excess of $25,000.”
A representative of Hardee’s of Southwest Missouri, INC headquarters declined to make a comment about the lawsuit, their accountability or Cannady.
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