Former Waitresses at Bronx Strip Club Claim Bosses Demanded Sexual Favors: Lawsuit

Waitresses at the Bronx strip club Sin City have filed suit in Manhattan Federal Court, claiming they were routinely groped by managers who stole their tips and demanded sexual favors in the club’s Champagne Room.  Janelle Denalli and Caroline Espinal, plaintiffs, claim that their tips, sometimes $500 a night, would often disappear into their bosses’ pockets.  Managers referred to the waitresses were called explicit names, including the N-word, and were insulted on a regular basis.  Plaintiff Jasmine Felipe charged owner Gus Drakopoulos once demanded oral sex in return for buying her a scarf.  All plaintiffs claim they were sexually harassed and touched on a regular basis.  In addition to the purported sexual harassment, the workers were forced to work unpaid overtime and were paid less than minimum wage, the suit says.  Read more: NY Daily News.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and many state-level anti-discrimination and sexual harassment statutes prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace.  There are two common types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment.  Quid pro quo harassment may be a one-time occurrence or involve repeated behavior that requires one person to tolerate some form of sexual harassment in order to get a job, keep a job, get a raise or promotion, or to receive some other benefit.  A hostile work situation typically involves repeated behavior that is abusive or offensive, or that interferes or alters the victims’ ability to perform their job.  Employers that foster or otherwise allow these conditions to continue can be found liable for the conduct of the offending employees.

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