FOX CHICAGO NEWS INVESTIGATES: Three former employees at a West Suburban car wash claim they had to pay a price to keep their jobs. They claim they were victims of constant sexual harassment from their manager, and it got so bad, they decided to get it on tape. The car wash manager denies the allegations.
One of the employees hid his cell phone in a room where he worked alone, in order to capture on camera the sexual harassment, which he claims he's been putting up with for more than a year.
"He comes like three times a day, every, each time, he asked me for sex," the employee said about car wash manager Walter Fuller Jr.
Two other employees at the Fuller Car Washes in Westmont said they were victimized, too.
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One said, "He told me all the time, ‘You want to have sex with me?’ And I say no."
Another said, "He said, ‘Hey, when you have sex with me?’ And I said, no, I don't like that."
The videotape made by the employee appears to show Fuller reaching toward the employee's midsection then trying to unzip the employee's overalls, while the employee backs away.
On two other occasions, the employee said, he secretly recorded audio-taped conversations with Fuller, in which Fuller discussed sexual favors in connection with requests for pay raises and vacation time.
"Every single time, he just told me, ‘I give you a raise, if you have sex with me,’" one employee said.
Earlier this month, the employees filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Their attorney said the victims are undocumented workers who were afraid to speak out sooner.
"They were afraid if they were to tell anybody, they would be fired. And where are they going to find jobs? They are unskilled, all they can do is wash cars and perform labor, and in this economy they aren't going to find jobs," the attorney, Terry Gallagher, said.
Through his attorney, Robert Kartholl, Fuller declined to go on camera and respond to the allegations. Kartholl said that Fuller denies harassing anyone and will vigorously contest the charges.
Kent Law School Professor Rich Gonzalez, who teaches employment law, said the taped evidence will be difficult for the employer to overcome.
"The fact that this guy has his hands on the employee is two strikes against the employer. They're going to need an awfully good explanation for why this is appropriate at any level," Gonzalez said.
Kartholl said Fuller is the manager at only the two car washes on Ogden Avenue in Westmont, and he has nothing to do with other Fuller Car Wash locations.
He said the company will cooperate with the EEOC investigation.