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Woman Alleges Knott's Berry Farm Chef Sexually Harassed Her

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    Knott's Berry Farm Chef Accused of Sexual Harassment

    A prep cook said she was sexually harassed more than 30 times by a longtime executive chef at Knott's Berry Farm. She claims when she reported it, she was given paid time off. Gene Kang reports for the NBC4 News on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018)

    Destiny Ortiz says she was caressed and groped while working at Knott's Berry Farm by an executive chef.

    Buena Park police are now investigating the sexual harassment allegations. Ortiz spoke out for the first time making accusations of sexual harassment against Knott's Berry Farm Executive Chef Eubaldo Ramirez.

    "He touched my side grabbing me with his hand right in here all the way down while he was trying to talk to me," Ortiz said. "So I just walked out of the freezer."

    Ortiz claims it started in July and she accuses her boss of doing it roughly 30 more times.

    "Saying they want to see you naked and saying they want to see tattoos in hidden areas," Ortiz said.

    Ortiz says she felt unsafe and reported it to the human resources department. Then she talked to a supervisor, another chef.

    "I told him that I'm making a statement," she said. "I don't feel comfortable. I don't want to work around him. He said, 'What do you expect with a body like that?'"

    Ortiz says she was given paid days off while Ramirez — who's been there for dozens of years — continued to work. She shared her frustrations on social media.

    Sabrina Morgan-Montero made similar accusations on Facebook. She said that she quit her Knott's Berry Farm job on Sunday because of Ramirez.

    "I can care less about money," Ortiz said. "Those are materialistic things. I care about working safely and letting other women work safely." Ortiz filed a police report and Buena Park Police confirmed there's an ongoing criminal investigation.

    Ramirez did not return several calls requesting comment.

    Knott's Berry Farm said in a statement: "We are aware of the posts on social media. We take sexual harassment claims seriously, and follow stringent policies that we have in place for situations such as this, including conducting full investigations. It would be inappropriate to discuss associate matters."

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