Charlie Hallowell, the chef-owner of three popular and celebrated Oakland restaurants and a guy who bears as striking resemblance to psycho killer Charles Manson, is stepping away from day-to-day operations at his businesses in the face of numerous allegations of sexual harassment and verbal abuse of employees.
Hallowell’s restaurant group — which includes Pizzaiolo, Boot & Shoe Service and Penrose — has retained an outside human resources consultant to perform a full investigation into the company, Hallowell said in an email to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Seventeen former employees accused him of sexual harassment and pervasive verbal abuse. The workers, from all three of Hallowell’s restaurants, described a demoralizing work environment where his indecent propositions and abuse of his power were the norm, along with a near-constant stream of sexually explicit language.
“It was just this constant need to talk about sex or anything sexual,” said former Boot & Shoe bartender Jessica Moncada, 31 told the Chronicle.
He’s apparently an amazing sex pervert even by today’s sad standards.