Little Caesars sued by employee claiming sexual harassment

Kelly Holleran Jul. 14, 2010, 6:28am

A Madison County man has filed suit against Little Caesars, alleging his supervisor sexually harassed him.

Mathew Mangara claims he worked at Little Caesars with his supervisor, David Kelley, who allegedly made numerous unwanted sexual innuendos toward Mangara from July 6, 2008, through July 29, 2008.

According to the complaint filed July 1 in Madison County Circuit Court, Kelley offered Mangara money for a sexual act.

Attempts to contact Kelley for comment were unsuccessful.

"While at work the supervisor David Kelley chased the Plaintiff around the back of Defendant's facility spraying him with water and telling the Plaintiff how 'hot' Plaintiff was, forcing the Plaintiff to lock himself in the bathroom," the complaint says. "While at work the supervisor David Kelley pushed the Plaintiff into a corner at the Defendant's facility preventing his egress and telling the Plaintiff that Kelley wanted to rape him."

In response to the alleged repeated sexual harassment, Mangara filed a claim against Kelley with the Illinois Department of Human Rights. However, after Mangara filed the claim, Little Caesars cut his working hours in retaliation for his report, according to the complaint.

Because of the incidents, Mangara claims he suffered embarrassment, extreme humiliation, mental anguish, loss of sleep, physical sickness, pain, suffering and lost wages.

Mangara claims Kelley violated his civil rights and Little Caesars exposed him to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.

In his three-count complaint, Mangara is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs, an amount equal to his lost wages and other relief the court deems just.

He will be represented by J. Phillip Steinman of The Steinman Law Firm in Alton and by Lee W. Barron of Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-704.

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