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Source: Bernard Smalls / iOne Digital

One of Houston’s favorite donut locations is under fire as the owner of Shipley Do-Nuts are facing a lawsuit after Lawrence Shipley III has been accused of allegedly groping three former employees and also making racist remarks.

According to the Chronicle, Shipley was named in the suit after three former female employees say he, “regularly subjected them to unwelcome touching, other inappropriate physical behavior and unwelcome sexual comments.” The lawsuit was filed in court on Friday (March 2).

“(Shipley) hugged Elizabeth Peralta tight across her front and touched her rear and buttocks,” the suit says. “He stared at her breasts and crotch areas. He spanked her rear.”

The other incidents allegedly took place at the Shipley Donuts located on North Main Street.  Plaintiff Esmeralda Sanchez claims that Shipley did not punish a male supervisor who made sexual innuendos to her. Instead, the suit says that the way she dressed encouraged the behavior.

They seek more than $1 million in damages.

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