Former Mar-a-Lago Chef Says He Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment
Florida’s Mar-a-Lago Club, which Donald Trump refers to as the Winter White House, is no stranger to controversy. In June of this year, the club attempted to hire 78 foreign workers despite the president’s stance against immigration.
The club is now being sued by former pastry chef, Graham Randall, for his firing in 2017. While the club told Randall he was being laid off due to Mar-a-Lago’s performance, he disputes this reasoning. The chef claims he was fired for reporting sexual harassment by two superiors to human resources.
Randall was let go by the club in October of 2017. The club had faced a downturn in business in August of 2017 after Trump referred to white supremacist protesters as “very fine people”. The club also doubled their membership fees soon after Trump was elected president. Forbes reports that the resort’s business was down 13% in 2017.
In his lawsuit, Randall states that he believes business at the club is actually up. The suit states, Mar-a-Lago has “profited immensely from President Donald J. Trump’s election. While some charities initially canceled events at Mar-a-Lago, this loss has been made up by other income flowing into the Club.”
The chef maintains that he was let go for reporting his superiors. Randall claims that, “he complained to the human resources department that two of his married superiors were sending unwanted sexual text messages to two 20-something women who worked at the club, including, at one point, a message that asked one woman to show her breasts to one of the managers.”
Randall was told by Human Resources that the behavior was “out of character” for the managers. He was fired 6 months later.
This has been a bad couple of months for Trump owned properties. In December, The New York Times reported that Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey golf club employed multiple undocumented workers. The Trump Organization has claimed that they will vet workers more carefully going forward.