LISBON - A Chester, W.Va., woman and her husband have filed a civil lawsuit claiming a sexual battery incident happened in the freezer at the East Liverpool Dairy Queen.
The woman, a former part-time employee of the West Eighth Street establishment, claims she was working on Oct. 18, 2012 with the defendant in the case, Andrew Hadley.
According to the complaint, filed in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court, Hadley, 19, is the grandson of Alfred Gloekner, the president of Alsan Corp., which owns the Dairy Queen location.
The lawsuit, filed by attorney John Lucas of Morris, Jobe and Cook LLC in Pittsburgh, claims on Oct. 18, Hadley told the woman to go to the basement to check on some towels. While she was there, he sent some frozen food down the chute for her to place into the freezer. He then reportedly followed her into the freezer, where he touched her in two inappropriate areas of her body.
She alleges she started to protest, and he repeated the inappropriate touching. She then immediately left the building and did not return to work again, resulting in loss wages and emotional distress. In turn, the woman's husband claims he also suffered emotional distress due to what allegedly happened.
Additionally, the lawsuit claims prior to that incident, Hadley had a history of using perverse and obscene language at work, discussing sexual topics in front of female employees in an attempt to embarrass them or gain a reaction and even alleges he had a previous history of touching female employees in a sexual manner.
The lawsuit seeks an amount not in excess of $25,000, plus punitive damages and interest. The Alsan Corp. and Dairy Queen are also named as defendants in the case.
According to court documents, at the time of the alleged incident Hadley faced a charge of sexual imposition in East Liverpool Municipal Court, following the 24-year-old Chester woman's allegations about inappropriate touching in the Dairy Queen cooler. The charge was later dismissed and refiled as an assault charge, to which Hadley pleaded no contest and was fined $200 and served five days in jail.