HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The Route 9 Diner in Hadley closed Monday night following Attorney General Maura Healey’s complaint that female employees have been sexually harassed over the last decade.
On the front of the building a sign states, “Sorry, the Route 9 Diner has closed. Thank you for all of your support over the last 11 years.” Attorney General Healey filed a discrimination complaint on Friday with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
The complaint says female employees at the diner have been subjected to sexualized comments and unwanted touching by some of the cooks. They would grab their arms of follow waitresses into the walk-in freezer.
Kayleigh Scott of Amherst told 22News she never saw any of this happen when she visited the diner but learned about the blog some servers had made about these incidents. She said, “I don’t think anyone had a clue until they saw that article all over Facebook one day. If those were actually true allegations I think they should’ve closed down, absolutely.”
22News reached out to a former waitress, Brittani Allen, who says these allegations are not true. She sent 22News this statement:
There are way more people who will say these girls were the real problem there than people who will say otherwise. We don’t have our jobs anymore. There’s nothing left for us to protect or lie about.
We also reached out to two former waitresses of the diner who filed complaints, and both declined to comment.