Police Say Maple Grove McDonald’s Manager Sexually Assaulted Employee
A manager at the McDonald’s off Interstate 494 in Maple Grove has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an employee at the business.
Police say that 24-year-old Andrew Otero Albertorio raped a 14-year-old employee in the cooler and assaulted her in other locations several other times in the following weeks. He has been charged with five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and is currently in jail in lieu of $100,000 bill.
Albertorio is no longer employed by the McDonald’s, which is franchise-owned.
According to court documents, the victim began working at the McDonald’s in summer 2018 and was frequently flirted with during work by Albertorio, who was her night manager.
In November, the two began exchanging messages on Snapchat and Albertorio attempted to kiss her, but the girl would reject him. They discussed having sex, but the girl told him she was too young.
In early December, Albertorio allegedly cornered her in the walk-in cooler and raped her. Over the course of the next month, he would also rape her in the cooler, the McDonald’s bathroom, and in his vehicle and at his home.
The girl also told police that Albertorio gave her extra hours and paid her directly in order to circumvent child labor laws.
Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault in the Workplace
After serving as a sex crimes prosecutor, attorney Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com now represents sexual assault survivors in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to add some insight regarding the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted in the workplace:
Every workplace should be a safe environment where all employees treat each other with respect. But unfortunately, sexual harassment and sexual assault are major problems in workplaces across the United States. When an employee is sexually assaulted by a co-worker or supervisor, it’s important to both prosecute the perpetrator and to hold the company accountable if their negligence allowed the assault to happen.
For example, a business might be considered negligent for workplace sexual assault if an employee had previously reported sexual harassment or misconduct to supervisors but no action was taken. In cases where negligence played a role in the assault, the victim may have grounds to file a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted in the workplace, we understand the difficulties you’re dealing with in the aftermath. We want to help you find justice for what you’ve gone through. To learn more about your legal options, get in touch with one of our experienced sexual assault survivors lawyers for a free consultation.