This time it’s ice cream. The Emerald’s Jack Pitcher has an extensive report here:
Not long after opening in 2011 as a food cart serving homemade ice cream, Red Wagon Creamery exploded onto the Eugene food scene. The cart was replaced by a downtown store in 2013, and by 2016, the business had added a factory and a satellite store at the University of Oregon. Red Wagon’s ice cream was featured on Food Network and in the Washington Post and the Register-Guard.
Seven years later, the business is in disarray, according to an investigation conducted by the Emerald. Red Wagon is being sued by creditors, employees complain of unpaid wages, the owners owe back taxes, and multiple women, all employees of Red Wagon, have accused owner Stuart Phillips of sexual harassment.
And for some reason UO spokesperson Tobin Klinger, normally reticent when it comes to Title IX allegations, is eager to talk about this one:
UO spokesman Tobin Klinger confirmed that a Title IX complaint involving Red Wagon was filed with the school in January. The Title IX office investigates reports of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.UO received the report after it had made the decision to end Red Wagon’s lease. According to Klinger, the school wasn’t aware of sexual harassment allegations against Phillips before this and that the accusations did not play into the university’s decision to end the lease.
“We encourage any student who is feeling harassed to report it, regardless of whether the person is a university employee or not,” Klinger wrote in an email. “We want to ensure a harassment-free environment across campus and that includes anyone doing business on our campus.”