A sexual harassment claim was brought in New York County Supreme Court
yesterday by eight employees of AVA Lounge at the Dream Hotel.
The owner and general manager are accused of subjecting the women to "Best
Ass" contests and referring to them as "Double Ds" and
"Thighs" instead of their names.
Mark Stumer, a lawyer for the women said that the supervisors basically
harassed each woman that worked there, and that it was "constant,
pervasive, and everyday." Apparently, the environment at the AVA
Lounge was so barbaric that the manager would announce over two-way radio
that people were having sex in the building across the street from the
hotel. According to the complaint, managers would brag about their sexual
escapades to the staff including videotaping a sexual act in the office
and snorting cocaine off the naked body of an employee.
One employee, Christine Anderson, alleged in the complaint that she was
wrongfully accused of stealing and then fired for complaining about this behavior.
Sexual harassment and retaliation are prohibited by the New York City Human
Rights Law and should not be not be tolerated. If you feel that you may
be the victim of sexual harassment or retaliation in the workplace, contact
Schwartz Perry & Heller.
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