Former employees say Burrell, whose "Worst Cooks in America" competition debuts next month, "constantly harassed (them) with sexually discriminatory and derogatory remarks." The complaint, filed earlier this year, was publicized today by blogger Abbe Diaz, whose husband, Sasha Muniak, owned the New York restaurant where the incidents allegedly occurred and is named as a defendant. According to the suit, rehashed in a dismissal motion, Burrell was hung up on Centro Vinoteca's employees' breasts; She told one employee that leaning over the bar was "slutty," commented "repeatedly" on another employee's cleavage and announced that a bartender had "saggy boobs," creating a special "saggy boob" hand gesture to mock her. The complaint further states that Burrell suspended an employee for allegedly stealing a piece of cheese, claimed an employee faked an ovarian cyst and banged a pan when a manager urged her to be a better communicator.
Burrell, a veteran of the Batali-Bastianich empire, served as Centro's executive chef from July 2007 through September 2008. She now stars on Food Network's "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef".
The lawsuit remains in court.
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