I have a few updates for you on the local sexual harrassment stories that need to be followed. First, it looks like ~FOUR BARREL COFFEE~ settled the sexual harassment lawsuit out of court for an undisclosed amount (via SFGate), and it also ends up remaining partners Tal Mor and Jodi Geren have decided they will not be changing their name to The Tide after all (a response to employee feedback). And according to this tweet from @sassy__barista, it looks like they have had to lay some employees off (in wholesale) as they attempt to stabilize the business, and are moving the roastery back to Valencia Street. Next: watching their path to divest and becoming 100 percent employee-owned.
Meanwhile, the managers at ~BOOT AND SHOE SERVICE~ in Oakland picketed and protested on Saturday that owner Charlie Hallowell—accused of sexual harassment by numerous employees—needed to divest from the company or they would resign. Since he didn’t respond, numerous employees have since quit (The Chronicle reports three managers and chefs quit on Sunday, with others planning to quit in coming days, including male employees).
Four Barrel cappuccino; Yelp photo from Jamie R.