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Memphis chef changes company rules in response to 'me too' campaign

Second Line in Memphis (Source: WMC Action News 5) Second Line in Memphis (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

After a viral social media campaign asking women to share if they have been victims of sexual assault or harassment, a renowned Memphis chef is changing policies at his restaurants.

Restaurant owner and chef Kelly English is taking steps to reduce harassment in his establishment in response to the #MeToo movement.

English sent a note to his employees, making changes he believes will make for a better work environment. He posted the note to his social media account.

English said his restaurant, Second Line, will not tolerate sexual, religious, racial harassment, or any misuse of power. One step he's taking is not allowing any alcohol consumption at the restaurant by employees on days they work.

“It makes me sick to see all the women that I know, that I'm friends with, that I respect, almost every single one of them has a ‘me too’ story,” English said. “And it's really a damn shame.”

English's note has been praised and was picked up by FoodandWine.com.

English felt the letter was especially important after a prominent chef he worked under for years, John Besh, was recently accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

“I thought that this was a very appropriate time for me to say, you know, this isn't going to happen in my company,” English said.

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