A fitness center chain with the world’s largest membership is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit from a male employee alleging his female boss was a little too strong in making advances. The Los Angeles Times reported on October 18, 2011, that Jonathan Prince says the manager at 24 Hour Fitness USA Inc. invited him out for drinks, asked him to accompany her to Las Vegas and sent him unwanted, suggestive text messages for one month this summer. Prince claims he told his boss to “cease her behavior and refused her advances,” according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, but the supervisor retaliated by falsely criticizing his work performance, diminishing his chances for bonuses and promotion.
According to the Times, Prince said he “suffered and continues to suffer embarrassment, humiliation, emotional distress, mental anguish and severe shock to his nervous system.” Officials with 24 Fitness said the company does not comment on pending litigation. The lawsuit seeks financial compensation “in excess of $50,000,” the Times said.
If you understand what constitutes sexual harassment, then you know that both men and women can file a sexual harassment lawsuit, even if the harasser and the victim are of the same sex. But did you know that an employer can be held accountable for sexual harassment by supervisors or other employees whether they knew it was happening or not? If you believe that you have been the victim of quid pro quo sexual harassment or a “hostile working” environment and your employer ignored your complaints about the situation, our Los Angeles employment attorneys may be able to assist you in filing a lawsuit for retaliation. Contact our firm today to set up a confidential consultation.
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