Scotty’s Brewhouse has fired management at the chain’s location in Southport after the staff gave a waitress a “best butt” award.
Owner Scott Wise said in a statement that the “executive team, including myself, were completely unaware” of the situation. The waitress told WXIN-TV Fox59 that the award was issued by management during an event in which other staff received honors including “best server.”
The waitress, who Fox59 did not name, said she was also asked to turn around so people could take pictures of her back side.
Wise did not say how many people were fired at the restaurant, located at 4530 Southport Crossing Drive. But he said “what happened at the restaurant was an isolated occurrence that was unsanctioned and unapproved.”
He said he’s ordered additional sexual harassment training companywide—beyond the training managers already undergo.
“We are an employee-first company and expect our employees to be treated fairly and with respect,” he said. “We will continue to have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to these types of issues.”
The waitress told Fox59 that she reported the incident to Scotty’s human resources department but did not immediately receive an apology. The woman said she is considering filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that enforces employment discrimination laws.
Scotty’s Brewhouse has 15 restaurants in Indiana with locations under construction in Plainfield, Florida, Illinois and Ohio, according to the company’s website. The restaurants are part of Pots & Pans Production, which also includes Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company, Scotty’s Brew Club and Scotty’s Dawghouse. Wise is president and CEO of Pots & Pans Production.