'You've Got Mail' Cafe in NYC Sued for Sexual Harassment
Thirteen former female servers are suing the restaurant's owner and manager
This is not the stuff that rom-coms are made of.
Thirteen women who used to work as servers at Cafe Lalo, which can be seen in the 1998 Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan film You've Got Mail, filed a lawsuit Friday against the restaurant's owner, Haim Lalo, and manager Daniel Reyes, according to the New York Post.
The $26 million suit accuses Lalo of not paying fair wages to them and Reyes of mistreating and regularly cursing at female employees who rejected his romantic advances. According to the Post, the suit alleges that Reyes "treats the restaurant as his own personal dating service and a place where he could indulge in his unwholesome desires."
The Post reports that the suit details an incident in which Reyes threatened one female server with a knife after she spurned his advances. Each woman, many of whom have only started working at the eatery within the past year, seeks $2 million in damages.
Cafe Lalo's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.