Nov 9 A Georgia woman has accused the chairman
of the Waffle House restaurant chain of sexually harassing her
for close to a decade while working as his personal aide and
The allegations against Joseph Rogers Jr were detailed in a
police incident report published online on Friday by the
Marietta Daily Journal.
The Atlanta police report, dated Sept. 28, 2012, included
lurid accusations of repeated sexual harassment from 2003, when
the woman said she began to work for him, to May 2012.
David Cohen, a Marietta, Georgia, lawyer, told Reuters on
Friday that he was one of the attorneys representing the woman
and confirmed that she had filed the police report.
Cohen said his client had been sued by Rogers in a local
court on Sept 14. His client filed a lawsuit against Rogers in a
different court on Sept. 19. Those cases are currently under
seal and Reuters could not determine what allegations they
"Waffle House is not a party to the case, its chairman is
the party to the case," Cohen said, but declined further comment
because of a court order barring him from speaking publicly
about the cases.
Robert Ingram, a lawyer for Rogers, did not immediately
return a call seeking comment. A representative for the Atlanta
Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.
A spokesman for Waffle House said in a statement that "the
alleged victim is a former housekeeper for Joe Rogers, and not
an employee of Waffle House." The spokesman, Pat Warner, said
Rogers had transitioned from being chief executive to chairman
of the restaurant chain earlier this year.
The Norcross, Georgia-based Waffle House chain has more
1,500 locations in the Southern United States that are notable
for being open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Rogers was a prominent Republican supporter in Georgia of
Mitt Romney's failed presidential bid.
In her police report, the woman said that she had endured
constant badgering by Rogers, who requested that she perform
sexual favors for him, many of which she said she had refused.
She "was forced to endure the harassment and demeaning
treatment by Rogers because she was a single mother and needed
her job to support herself and her son," the report said.
The woman, identified as being 43 and from Acworth, Georgia,
said she formally resigned from Rogers' employment in June,
after her son had received a full college scholarship.