Melissa Rodriguez, the former pastry chef of the Oak Room is suing her former executive chef, Eric Hara, for sexual, physical and culinary harassment. Rodriguez's $25 million suit against Hara includes the following allegations:
- Hara would pick her up and throw her in the garbage can
- He would pour food in her hair--heavy cream, chocolate sauce, honey
- Rodriguez had to carry eggs in her shirt, and if she did something Hara didn't like, she would have to break them and rub them into her chest
Hara has denied the allegations. He told the New York Post that he has been cooking for 16 years and there has never been a problem.