A note from Owner and Chef Kevin Callaghan
In late November, a manager approached us with information that she characterized as complaints of sexual harassment and misconduct. Despite our requests, she declined to provide any specific information about these allegations. We took immediate action by inviting staff members to share their concerns privately with management and then engaged two law firms: The Noble Law Firm to conduct an impartial investigation and Nexsen Pruet to conduct a review of HR policies and procedures and provide advice on next steps.
The investigation report identified instances where employees described discomfort in their interactions with me, but nothing that would constitute a legal claim for sexual harassment or misconduct. Additionally the report shared feedback on HR protocols that we can put in place to mitigate situations like this in the future. We have taken the following corrective action:
- We have made updates where needed to our training manuals, handbook, and policies
- We have hired a third outside labor law firm to conduct professional HR training for all staff and managers, and to provide access to this training for all future employees.
- Continue to provide a verified living wage for all of our employees
As an employer I feel responsible for ensuring a work environment where people feel comfortable and safe. I recognize that by falling short of those responsibilities, I have not only let my employees down, but I have let you down as well. This has been a significant learning experience for me. I appreciate the opportunity this has given me to reflect internally and grow as a person and employer.
I, and the staff at Acme, look forward to serving you soon.