Rainforest Cafe workers in Niagara Falls, Ontario have been on strike since April 7th due to the mishandling of sexual assault allegations. Now, workers are courageously coming forward to share their experiences of workplace sexual assault with the public. According to a press release by Workers United Canada Council, the employees feel strongly that their employer, Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc., was callous and insensitive when workers reported a series of sexual assault incidents. The Rainforest Cafe employee strike is being held in response to the issue.\nWhen management at the Rainforest Cafe received complaints of sexual assault from three employees - all accusing the same colleague of inappropriate misconduct - managers permitted the assailant to continue working. The complainants also explain that they were victim-shamed.\nThe press release describes a young female employee who was subjected to inappropriate sexual touching, ultimately amounting to assault, six times in three hours. She reportedly was made to feel guilty for reporting the assault, as her manager defended the assailant by saying he "couldn't sleep at night" and that she should speak to him.\nRainforest Cafe workers in Niagara Falls are bravely coming forward to share their experiences of sexual assault at...Posted by Workers United Canada Council, an SEIU affiliate on Tuesday, April 23, 2019\nThe same manager was informed of another assault. This time, the victim was a woman named Brandi Reale and the manager who shamed her also explained how bad her assailant felt, encouraging her to accept his apology. Brandi questioned why her assailant was still employed by the company, when so many others had been fired for much more benign misdemeanours, like talking on a cellphone while at work.\nPicking a french fry while passing through the kitchen is grounds for dismissal but groping and manhandling a co-worker isn't, according to the server that I interviewed. Management didn't bother getting back to me https://t.co/YGZ1lBqMgT— Zaid Noorsumar (@NutellaFanatik) April 11, 2019\nA colleague named Shaun Watson informed management that the complainants no longer felt safe in the workplace. In response, management emphasized that the issue had been "taken care of." Additionally, management explained that the company didn't want the perpetrator of the assaults "feeling uncomfortable" in the workplace. Shaun was then immediately asked to leave the office.\nSolidarity on the line with @RainForest_Cafe workers on strike: "Every worker has the right to organize for fairness and respect. There should be no tolerance for sexual assault in our workplaces. We are with you!" – Sandra Rebrovich, Workers United Local 2347 (Niagara Parks) pic.twitter.com/6Bpncw56HO— WorkersUnitedCanada (@WorkersUnitedCA) April 10, 2019\nOn April 6th, employees voted to strike, largely due to the gross mishandling of the string of sexual assaults over the last several months. Canadian Niagara Hotels finally terminated the assailant's employment after five days of the strike, only once the issue garnered public attention from the media.\nA union representative named Mike Ward reportedly commented, "Does Canadian Niagara Hotels condone this type of behaviour? Managers cannot be allowed to sweep issues like sexual assault under the rug. We are disturbed that the worker who committed these sexual assaults was only let go after the issue became public knowledge. Workers want a union contract so they can return to a workplace where they feel safe and have real protections."\nLast week, CBC News reported that a father and daughter were evicted from the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls because they supported the striking workers at the adjacent Rainforest Cafe. Both the restaurant and hotel are owned by the same parent company.\nAs Alan Tomlinson, 61, and his daughter Lauren walked back to their hotel room from a rally on April 13th, two security guards told them they had to leave, citing a "conflict of interest". One of the guards threatened to call the police if they did not voluntarily leave the hotel.\nTo view a video testimonial of the workers' experiences, visit Workers United Canada's Facebook page.