Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Losing sexual harassment lawsuit pushes Port Richey Golden Corral to file for bankruptcy

NEW PORT RICHEY — The Golden Corral franchisee that lost a sexual harassment lawsuit against a former employee this summer has filed for bankruptcy.

A jury in July found that the franchisee, called Sunny Corral, unjustly fired Calvin Young after he claimed he was being subjected to lewd remarks and gestures from other male employees on a near-daily basis. Young was awarded $85,000 in damages.

Jamie Sasson, attorney for Sunny Corral, said the sour economy combined with lawsuits like Young's forced the restructuring.

"I know (my clients) were found guilty in this case," he said. "We still contend this is a frivolous lawsuit. There's so much of this type of thing. It's the hottest thing now."

Whether well-founded or not, the lawsuits cost the company big money to litigate, Sasson said.

He called the bankruptcy a restructuring, and said the U.S. 19 restaurant in Port Richey would remain open for business.

Young, 41, worked there for about a month in 2006. He was on the management track with the hope of eventually landing a high-paying general manager's job.

In his lawsuit, he claimed that two gay male co-workers pestered him constantly with lewd remarks and pressed up against his body, forcing him into a "sandwich."

The treatment, he said, was humiliating and emasculating. When he complained to two managers, he said, they did nothing about it.

"You have to either: A. Walk out and quit the job and lose your career, or B. You tell somebody like I did," Young told the Times after the trial. "I told people and I was looked at like, 'What's wrong with you?'"

Young's attorneys have filed motions seeking to have Sunny Corral pay their fees and costs, which total more than $250,000.

But that's on hold, as are the lawsuits of three other employees who filed along with Young in 2008, because of the bankruptcy.

"I'm hoping they'll come out of it," Sasson said.

"They were already kind of teetering."

Molly Moorhead can be reached at or (727) 869-6245.

Losing sexual harassment lawsuit pushes Port Richey Golden Corral to file for bankruptcy 10/01/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 1, 2009 7:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tampa charter school teacher charged with firing handgun at ground


    TAMPA — A Tampa charter school teacher was arrested Sunday after she fired a gun into the ground during a dispute with her boyfriend, police said.

    Melody Patrice Bing, a teacher at the Village of Excellence Academy in Tampa, emerged from her home holding a weapon and dropped it when police confronted her at gunpoint. [Tampa Police Department]
  2. Tuesday's Nothing More concert moved from the State Theatre to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    Nothing More was one of the highlights of April's 98 Rockfest, a thoroughly entertaining rock outfit with a larger-than-live stage presence.

    Nothing More performed at 98 Rockfest 2017 in Tampa.
  3. Buccaneers-Vikings Turning Point, Week 3: Overreaction vs. reality


    "None of us really know how this group of 53 guys is going to come together and how we're going to play this season."

    Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs torched a porous Bucs secondary Sunday with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. [Getty Images]
  4. Triad Retail Media names Sherry Smith as CEO


    ST. PETERSBURG — Triad Retail Media, a St. Petersburg-based digital ads company, said CEO Roger Berdusco is "leaving the company to pursue new opportunities" and a member of the executive team, Sherry Smith, is taking over.

    Roger Berdusco is stepping down as CEO at Triad Retail Media to pursue other opportunities. [Courtesy of Triad Retail Media]
  5. What to watch this week: Fall TV kicks off with 'Will & Grace,' 'Young Sheldon,' return of 'This Is Us'


    September temperatures are still creeping into the 90s, but fall officially started a few days ago. And with that designation comes the avalanche of new and returning TV shows. The Big Bang Theory fans get a double dose of Sheldon Cooper's nerdisms with the return of the titular series for an eleventh season and …

    Sean Hayes, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally in Will & Grace.