Manny’s Cocina Owner Accused of Sexually Assaulting Employee
The owner of two restaurants in Eau Claire and Onalaska has been accused of sexually assaulting one of his employees at the Eau Claire location. 53-year-old Filiberto “Manny” Rivera has been charged with third-degree sexual assault for the incident which allegedly took place at Manny’s Cocina in Eau Claire.
Rivera is accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old employee after the restaurant had closed. The employee told police that Rivera gave her a margarita, which made her feel “really drunk, really fast.”
The employee says that Rivera sexually assaulted her inside of the establishment.
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Details of Criminal Complaint Against Manny Rivera
According to the criminal complaint, the employee told Eau Claire police that Rivera sexually assaulted her at around 10 p.m. on May 4. She said that she was scheduled to close that night. After two other employees left, she was alone with Rivera.
The woman told police that Rivera had been regularly offering her alcohol and inviting her to have post-work drinks for weeks. The night of the alleged assault, she stayed after close to “get it over with.”
She said she drank the margarita quickly. After drinking the margarita, she said her vision became blurry and she began slurring her speech.
Rivera allegedly began asking her sexual questions, which she said made her uncomfortable.
The woman says that Rivera pushed her up onto a bar, poured alcohol into her belly button, and drank it three or four times. He then allegedly partially undressed the woman and engaged in multiple forms of sexual contact. Rivera allegedly refused to listen when she asked him to stop. He eventually stopped and the woman left the restaurant.
Police spoke with Rivera and he reportedly admitted to serving her a margarita but denied sexual contact. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
Justice For Victims of Sexual Assault in the Workplace
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Here is Brian with some general thoughts on the legal options available to survivors of workplace sexual assault:
No employee should ever have to deal with sexual harassment or sexual assault in the workplace. But sadly, these are common issues in workplaces in a variety of industries. When the harasser or assaulter is a supervisor or owner of the business, many victims may feel hesitant to speak out. However, these victims have powerful legal options for finding justice.
In many workplace sexual assault cases, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against their employer. If you or someone you care about has been sexually assaulted in the workplace, you can learn more about your legal options by discussing your case with an experienced sexual assault survivors lawyer.
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