Hostile workplace

Employees of iconic New York City hotel file lawsuit alleging ‘outrageous and incessant sexual harassment’

Crystal Washington, an employee who is The Plaza Hotel for alleged sexual harassment. (YouTube / ABC News)

The New York Plaza is one of the city’s most storied and luxurious hotels, but, according to a new lawsuit filed by six former and current female employees, it’s a nightmare to be employed there due to the “outrageous and incessant sexual harassment and assault by senior management and their male counterparts.” Employees in the lawsuit say they have been routinely subjected to “forcible groping and kissing, and repulsive sexual remarks.” One current employee named Dana Lewis spoke out to ABC News about the allegations, claiming the harassment began almost immediately after she started her job there in November 2016. Lewis said she would ignore the harassment at first, hoping that it would stop. But the sexual misconduct escalated, and soon became part of the job. “I have the right to just go to work and do my job … There’s no excuse for any of it,” she told ABC.

The Plaza Hotel in New York City. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

Another current employee named Crystal Washington had similar complaints and told ABC News that as a single mother with a 10-year-old daughter, she could not afford to quit her job.  Complaints with the management and the human resources department were ignored, so she decided to sue, hoping for “some sort of justice.”  Washington hopes to “create a platform for the other women … that are not standing up, that are not speaking right now,” and promised to help them come forward. The Plaza Hotel’s parent company, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, denied the claims, saying it would not tolerate “any attempt at harassment and discrimination” but did not go into further details because of the ongoing lawsuit. For more on the story, watch the video below.

Read the full story at Yahoo News.


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