So we have a cop with an (alleged) history of harassing waitresses at a diner her frequents. She files a harassment complaint, and the feds get involved . . . to sue the diner that employees the waitresses for failing to prevent the harassment.
Maybe it’s too much to expect one DOJ agency to know what another DOJ agency is doing. But wouldn’t it make a hell of a lot more sense to go after the police department that continues to employ a cop who (allegedly) habitually sexually harasses women? Isn’t there a good chance that he’s also harassing other women who don’t work at the diner, a problem that won’t be resolved with this lawsuit? (The EEOC filed this suit. I presume a suit against the sheriff’s department would be handled by the civil rights division.)
The fact that the diner fired the waitress after she filed her complaint doesn’t reflect particularly well on the management. And the article doesn’t get into much detail about what if anything the diner did to address the problem. I’d like to think that if I were the owner, I’d have filed a complaint and banned the cop from my diner.
But it’s one thing to throw out or ban your average customer. It takes some gumption to toss a cop. Cops have the power to make your life pretty damned miserable. They tend to stick together. And how often do we see misbehaving cops escape any sort of discipline? So yeah. The diner owner may lack chivalry. But unless he was joining along in the harassment, it seems a bit much to hold him liable for not single-handedly standing up to the local law enforcement establishment. In fact, in that the feds aren’t investigating the sheriff’s department, they’re sorta’ holding the diner’s owner to a higher standard than they hold themselves, no?