The two men, Paul "PJ" Cagnina and Scott Peterson charge that they were repeatedly sexually harassed by their boss, Rick Leukert, during their years of employment at Hooters in Los Angeles and Orange Counties and they are suing both the boss and the restaurant. Both Cagnina and Peterson claim that retaliation followed their complaints about harassment and Peterson reports being fired as a result. It is not clear whether Cagnina is still employed by the company.
On August 5, 2015, a federal jury awarded $11.9 million dollars to Danielle Rennenger. It is the first of five sexual harassment lawsuits filed against Toy Quest and affiliated companies in 2010 to be resolved. According to the lawsuit, Rennenger and other female employees were subjected to constant verbal harassment that sometimes turned physical. When she complained, Rennenger was fired.