Owner of popular burger restaurant fires woman; his comments spark outrage
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The owner of Terry’s Turf Club in the East End is under fire after a video surfaced of him on social media where he allegedly made sexual remarks after he fired a worker.
On Facebook, Evelyn Marie Reid posted she was contacted on Oct. 2 to work a double on Sunday, Oct. 7. She said halfway through her shift she was fired without warning and the remarks began.
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“Thank God I have proof,” Reid said in an interview Monday. “Otherwise, no one else would have believed me because in this day and age if you say this person did something to me then I’m trying to ruin their lives.”
Reid, 25, worked at the burger restaurant for 10 months before she was fired Sunday.
“I loved my job,” she said. “I always did the best to my ability and I was just asking for a reason as to why I was fired.”
She said the owner came up to her while she was busing a table.
“I got fired because I was told I was not smiling enough,” Reid said.
She said the owner walked her to her locker to grab her stuff and things got nastier.
“While I was walking up that flight of stairs, he was shoving and hip thrusting himself into me so I would go up the stairs quicker, and he said at that point, ‘I will miss that (expletive),’” Reid said.
That’s when she took out her cellphone and hit record.
“I had like a cold sweat,” she said. “I was alone with an old white guy who was sexually harassing me.”
Reid says that since posting the video, it has gone viral. Hundreds have responded to the post -- Reid said she has gotten backlash, but doesn’t plan on backing down.
“Just because you’re a privileged white man doesn’t mean you can say whatever you’d like,” she said.
FOX19 NOW reached out to Terry’s Turf Club for comment, but the restaurant is closed on Monday’s. The owner had this to say: “My attorney’s handling all that.”
The attorney could not be reached for comment.
Reid said she’s looking for legal representation and hoping to file a lawsuit.
Terry’s Turf Club was featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," in May 2010. The burger joint is known for its rave reviews and top ratings of their burgers, but ever since the post was made public, the restaurant’s Facebook page has been saturated with one-star reviews. Yelp has temporarily disabled their review site because of this incident.
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