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Acworth Woman: Waffle House CEO Forced Me to Perform Sex Acts

The incidents allegedly occurred during her tenure as the executive's personal assistant.

The Atlanta Police Department is investigating allegations that Waffle House CEO Joe W. Rogers Jr. repeatedly forced an Acworth woman to perform sex acts on him during her time as Rogers' personal assistant.

According to the Marietta Daily Journal, which first reported the investigation, Mye Brindle worked out of Rogers' Buckhead home as his assistant from 2003 until May 2012. It was at that Chatham Road home that the 43-year-old Acworth single mother said most of the alleged acts occurred, according to an incident report that the Atlanta Police Department emailed to Acworth Patch.

“As a condition of Brindle’s employment, and against Brindle’s will, Rogers willfully, repeatedly and with specific intent to harm and oppress Brindle, required Brindle to perform sexual services,” Atlanta police wrote in the incident report.

Beginning in 2003, this happened "once or twice a month," Brindle told police.

She was never involved in a romantic relationship with Rogers, but "Brindle endured the sexual harassment and assault by Rogers for a number of years because she could not find work of comparable pay, because her child's father abandoned them, left the country and left Brindle to her son on her own without any financial contribution whatsoever," she told police.

Brindle worked as Rogers' assistant until May, but didn't officially resign until June 29, according to the incident report.

She quit "shortly after her son graduated from high school and was awarded a full athletic scholarship to college, relieving her of certain financial dependency relating to his well-being."

That is when the alleged sex acts stopped, Brindle told police.

More than two months after Brindle resigned, Rogers sued her on Sept. 14 in Cobb County Superior Court. Brindle countered with a suit of her own on Sept. 19 in Fulton County State Court. Both suits are sealed, according to the MDJ. 

Brindle went to the Atlanta Police Department on Sept. 28.

"No charges have been filed," Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said in an email to Acworth Patch. "It is an open investigation." 

Rogers' attorney Robert D. Ingram could not be reached for comment today. In January, Rogers was named to Georgia Trend's list of "100 Most Influential Georgians."

A PDF version of the Atlanta Police Department incident report is under the YouTube clip attached to this story.

Pam J November 10, 2012 at 04:21 AM
You know, I'm a woman and I know that men can be controlling. But this woman worked for this man, in his home, for nine years. I have a hard time having respect for women who allow themselves to be treated like she said she was and say nothing about it. I find it hard to believe that she could not find another job. This whole story is just crazy.
electric123 November 10, 2012 at 06:26 AM
It sound fishy to me?
Duncan November 10, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Men being sued for "sexual transgressions" is becoming quite "trendy" and it is hoped that this is the beginning of the end of this sort of errant behaviour on the part of women. For way too long, the "fairer" gender of the species has had a special "tool" for use in the time honored "Battle of the Sexes" and that is the unfounded bogus accusation of physical and/or sexual abuse. Many mens' lives have been ruined through the improper use of this privilege.
Bruce November 10, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Is he married? I don't see where this is mentioned. Is there a girlfriend if he is not married? Are there any other women who have had the same problem? Nine years of forced sex and she could not find another job of comparable pay? Well, it might be true and she could just be a very nice woman who is weak and thought she had to put up with this. Maybe not. Man, welcome to America.
electric123 November 11, 2012 at 09:44 AM
Pam, I am paralegal graduate and know a little to much of investigating hearsay evidence is not collaborating beyond victim's testimony, especially in a civil complaint, and endured this as you stated for 8 years til her son graduated high school? come on any defense lawyer for the Scattered and Smothered CEO will tear her apart on the witness stand as a single mother acting as a gold bricking opportunist and enjoyed her 8 years of subservient sexual escapades and did not deter his advances, and I worked in restaurants in my earlier career in the 90's chains like Outback Steakhouse had ZERO TOLERANCE FOR SEXUAL ABUSE, HARASSMENT, OR POTENTIAL LITIGATION EVEN A CEO STATUS.
R Croxford November 13, 2012 at 07:04 AM
I have met this man twice. I work for him. I think the whole story needs to come out and people will see that Joe is not that type of person. If you allow yourself to be slaved out for nine years? I don't think so. The minute she could have proven sexual assault she would have pounced. Got that money a long time ago. Joe is married and is a family man.
Karma November 14, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Looks like you were wrong. He admitted it. Sorry.
erv November 14, 2012 at 02:55 AM
This is very sad
bosh November 14, 2012 at 05:01 PM
he admitted to consentual sex. not a famly man kind of thing but far from illegal and far from harrassment. watch it go away poof. if he had no money it would have already gone away ...a shame
Elisha G November 14, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I'm surprised that so many on this site have not heard of "Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson," The defining case of sexual harassment which the 1st Bush Administration use in amending the 1965 Civil Rights Act (1991 Civil Rights Act, As Amended). This case established the perimeter as to what constitutes "severe or pervasive conduct" which is invariably based on an examination of the totality of circumstances. Moreover, in gauging the totality of circumstances, the courts typically focus on some or all of the following four factors: 1) the level of offensiveness of the unwelcome acts or words; 2) the frequency or pervasiveness of the offensive encounters; 3) the total length of time over which the encounters occurred what constituted sexual harassment in a management/employee relationship. The Supreme Court has also found found, " that even if an employee engaged in what appears as consensual sex with someone who holds hire/fire authority over the employee, the employer through vacarious liability, can still be found guilty of sexual harassment. Based on the fact, that many employees, and especially women, are in fear of losing their jobs, to such an extent, that many will go along with the acts of harassment. Just because an employee appears to have voluntary engaged in consensual sex or acts, is may not be probative in an affirmative defense. Read the case, you can find i
Elisha G November 14, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Waffle House CEO Forced Me to Perform Sex Acts, I submit the following argument: I'm surprised that so many on the web have not heard of "Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson," Every women should know this case by heart or memory. This is the defining case of sexual harassment which the 1st Bush Administration use in amending the 1965 Civil... Rights Act (1991 Civil Rights Act, As Amended). This case established the perimeter as to what constitutes "severe or pervasive conduct" which is invariably based on an examination of the totality of circumstances. Moreover, in gauging the totality of circumstances, the courts typically focus on some or all of the following four factors: 1) the level of offensiveness of the unwelcome acts or words; 2) the frequency or pervasiveness of the offensive encounters; 3) the total length of time over which the encounters occurred what constituted sexual harassment in a management/employee relationship.

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