Waffle House Chairman Accused of Requiring Sex Acts
(ATLANTA) — A Georgia woman is accusing the chairman of Waffle House, her employer, of demanding that she perform sex acts on him as part of her job’s duties over a period of nearly 10 years.
The woman, who ABC News is not identifying due to the sexual harassment allegations, filed an incident report with the Atlanta Police Department that detailed the alleged abuse.
She accused Joseph Rogers Jr. of forcing her to perform “various sexual acts on him as a condition of her employment,” according to the police report.
The police report identified Rogers as “a man in his early sixties, who is very wealthy and has extensive holdings in restaurant enterprises and related entities valued at approximately $400 million.”
“As part of and as a condition of [victim’s] employment, and against [victim’s] will, Rogers willfully, repeatedly and with specific intent to harm and oppress [victim] required [victim] to perform sexual services,” the police report said.
The report was posted online by hyperlocal news website Patch.com’s Acworth branch. The Atlanta Police Department confirmed the report to ABC News.
The woman alleged that she was a personal assistant to Rogers from 2003-2012. She said that in addition to being forced to perform sexual acts, she was required to purchase pornography, lingerie and sex toys for him. She said he touched her inappropriately and made sexual comments to her.
“Rogers treated [victim] as subservient and required [victim] to perform these various sexual acts on him as a condition of her employment,” according to the report. “Rogers’ conduct toward [victim] was outrageous and offensive and caused [victim] to suffer humiliation, fear, embarrassment and severe emotional distress.”
She identified herself as a 43-year-old single mother with a high school education and technical college degree in cosmetology who “managed many of the day-to-day operations of Rogers’ estate.”
She said that she needed to keep the job to support herself and her son and could not find a job that paid a comparable salary.
The woman said she quit her job this year as soon as her son was financially secure with a full college scholarship.
“On June 29, 2012 she sent Rogers a resignation letter informing him that she could no longer suffer the indignities and dehumanization of his actions,” the report said. “She placed the resignation letter in Defendant’s sock drawer in an effort to spare Rogers’ wife from pain and humiliation.”
Neither the woman nor her attorney responded to phone and email requests for comment.
Waffle House spokesman Pat Warner told ABC News that the woman was Roger’s former housekeeper and was not employed by Waffle House Inc. Warner also said that earlier this year, Rogers transitioned from Waffle House chairman and CEO to just chairman. He directed further questions to Roger’s attorney Robert Ingram who did not respond to request for comment.
“This is a private matter for Joe Rogers and his family and doesn’t involve Waffle House,” Warner said.
No charges have been filed against Rogers and police are investigating the matter.
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