Male Cook Files Bias Lawsuit Against Idaho School District

November 28, 2012

A former cook in the Nampa School District in Idaho filed a federal discrimination lawsuit, claiming he suffered bias in the kitchen at the hands of a female boss and female colleagues.

In U.S. District Court documents filed Wednesday, Todd Young says he was wrongfully fired in May.

Young says sexual harassment from female colleagues escalated after he complained in 2011 the district was improperly disposing of Styrofoam trays, when it should have been recycling.

He says his boss told him “maybe I’m having staff problems because you’re a man.”

The four-year Nampa employee also complains he was routinely excluded from new menu sampling and creation, with only kitchens with female supervisors being allowed to participate.

Young wants a jury trial where he’s seeking lost wages, damages and legal fees.

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