Former employees claim manager of Sammy's Touch restaurant videotaped them in bathroom

Ben Hart May 23, 2014, 9:30am

Former female employees of a Woodlawn restaurant are suing over claims they discovered a video recorder in the employee bathroom.

Lakeesha Harris, Shante Miller, Vonkeisha Price and Raeanitia Stewart filed a lawsuit May 19 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Tareq Aziz Sweis and ZTS Enterprises Inc., doing business as Sammy's Touch, citing invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress and negligent supervision.

The plaintiffs claim they were employed by defendant at Sammy's Touch restaurant as cashiers until Nov. 15. The suit alleges Price discovered a video recording device in the employee bathroom in a large salt bucket next to the toilet that the plaintiffs claim Sweis used to view and record the women.

Contending they suffered anguish, humiliation and emotional distress, the plaintiffs are suing for damages in excess of $50,000. They are being represented in the case by Chicago attorney Amanda Antholt of Smith, Johnson & Antholt LLC and Mirella Capellupo Siwik of Law Offices of Mirella Capellupo Siwik.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L005332.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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