Owner Sexually Harasses Six Employees, Allegedly Saying, “I Can Do Whatever The Fuck I Want In My Salon.”

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Six Employees File Lawsuits Against Artisun Tanning For Gender Discrimination

Kristin, Jo Lynn, Christen, Sierra, Hannah, and Haverly all claim they experienced ongoing sexual harassment while working for Artisun Tanning. This harassment was allegedly perpetrated by the salon owner, Kevin Moore. In fact, Jo Lynn remembers the female partners of Artisun telling her “Mark my words: in a year [Kevin] will have a sexual harassment lawsuit against him.”

Christen shares how Kevin routinely commented on female clients, saying, “What I wouldn’t give to ‘bang’ one of those girls.” Kevin’s ongoing sexual harassment of female clients and employees alike made Christen feel so unsafe, to the point where she propped a chair under the doorknob when using the tanning beds.

Meanwhile, Hannah and Sierra pointed out how when they used salon’s shared computer, Kevin often left his personal Facebook private messages open. These messages allegedly had photos of his penis. When then-seventeen-year-old Sierra asked Kevin to log himself out of Facebook anytime he used it, he said, “it’s MY Facebook and I’ll do what I want.” The manager, Kristin, and Jo Lynn also tried to log Kevin out of his Facebook since underage women worked at and frequented the salon.

Sierra watched as Kevin followed another underage employee, Hannah, around Artisun. According to Sierra, Kevin frequently said things like, “she has such a nice body” and “wanted to see them naked [in the tanning room].” When Sierra allegedly confronted him saying, “You know she’s underage right?” Kevin replied, “yeah but she’ll be eighteen eventually.”

Later, when Christen went to the back to wash some used towels, she overheard noises from the bathroom that she suspected were sexual in nature.Then, one day while Christen and Kristin were working with Kevin, a female customer purchased a bottle of lotion and then disappeared into the back with Kevin. Later, when Christen went to the back to wash some used towels, she overheard noises from the bathroom that she suspected were sexual in nature. Christen suspects Kevin was having sex in the store during business hours while staff and customers were present. When Kristin went to leave for the day, Christen left before her shift was over because she was so uncomfortable working alone with Kevin. Company policy says that “if you feel uncomfortable with something happening at the salon, leave.”

Kristin confronted Kevin about his inappropriate behavior and, according to Kristin, Kevin yelled, “I can do whatever the fuck I want in my salon.” Naturally, Kristin wanted to resign, but she also wanted to resolve the ongoing sexual harassment, so she reached out to the other partners. Kevin never received any discipline. Instead, Kristin received a phone call from Kevin, ordering her to terminate Christen.

Soon after this event, Hannah accessed the salon’s shared computer and she says that Kevin left his Facebook account logged in with private messages open. Not only was there a message between Kevin and the woman that Christen had heard in the restroom, but other explicit messages made it obvious to Hannah that Kevin was having sex with other women at the salon. Hannah admitted she felt unsafe because of Kevin’s conduct towards female customers and employees. She stopped working at the salon soon after.

“I am watching you because I’m protecting these girls.” Jo Lynn recalled her words to Kevin after catching him taking photos of a seventeen-year-old girl’s buttocks. As the incidents piled up, Jo Lynn knew that she couldn’t just stand by. Jo Lynn and Kristin both contacted the corporate side of Artisun Tanning to report Kevin’s ongoing and unresolved sexual harassment. When the other male partners of Artisun Tanning arrived from Florida, Jo Lynn explained how she and Kristin sat down with the partners to discuss Kevin’s behavior.

According to Jo Lynn and Kristin, the partners replied to their complaints with excuses, saying Kevin has “deep-rooted issues” and “it’s OK because [we] have sexual harassment insurance.”According to Jo Lynn and Kristin, the partners replied to their complaints with excuses, saying Kevin has “deep-rooted issues” and “it’s OK because [we] have sexual harassment insurance.” Shocked at these excuses, Jo Lynn shared how Kevin would leave his Facebook page open with photos of his penis in plain view. One partner shrugged it off, saying, “Well, he’s really computer illiterate.” To Jo Lynn, it was obvious that nothing would be done to resolve the hostile work environment so she resigned.

Kristin tells how she finally resigned when it became obvious to her that the partners would only continue to excuse Kevin’s behavior by relying on their “sexual harassment insurance.” When Sierra discovered that Kristin intended to resign, she shared that the only reason she continued to work at Artisun Tanning was because Kristin helped protect Sierra and the other women from Kevin’s sexual harassment.

KM&A fights on the behalf of women like Kristin, Jo Lynn, Christen, Sierra, Hannah, and Haverly who experience extreme sexual harassment without relief. No employee should deal with a hostile and unsafe work environment.

 

Full text of Hannah’s complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 2:17-cv-01215-DSC

Full text of Haverly’s complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 2:17-cv-01220-JFC

Full text of Christen’s complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 2:17-01218-AJS

Full text of Jo Lynn’s complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 2:17-cv-01217-MRH

Full text of Sierra’s complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 2:17-cv-01216-CB

Full text of Kristin’s complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 2:17-cv-01219-LPL

 

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For more information about this case, contact Attorney Kayla Drum at 412-626-5594 or at kd@lawkm.com.

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