So, it appears that some things that come out of Donald Trump’s mouth ARE true. Go figure. Who would have thunk?
Last week in an interview, USA Today reporter Kristen Powers asked Donald Trump, “What if someone had treated Ivanka in the way Ailes allegedly behaved?”
To which he replied with the now infamous line, “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case.”
It seems that may be more than just hot air coming from The Donald. USA Today reported that there is a lawsuit against the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida for basically doing just that.
Erin Breen is a former employee of the golf club where she had been employed for more than eight years. Breen filed a lawsuit on July 27 and according to the court documents her complaint is that she was not only sexually harassed at the workplace but fired for voicing a complaint against it.
Breen alleges that she was subjected to sexual harassment for months from former co-worker Joe DiPasquantonio, the food and beverage manager for the resort. The allegations in the suit start with the detailed pet names Dipasquantonio had for the plaintiff which included his “number one” or his “rock” because he said she had a “rock-hard body.” She says as time went on, the harassment escalated.
Breen states the defendant would drop things on the floor in front of him and ask her to pick them up. There were even requests for oral sex via text and chat on social media.
The lawsuit states DiPasquantonio was texting Breen saying:
‘everything you do is cute,’ ‘it’s hard now,’ ‘you should come up to our suite,’ and suggesting that he perform oral sex on her.”
Breen made it apparent that these were absolutely unwelcome advances and asked DiPasquantonio to stop, but says he responded:
I don’t give a shit what these idiots think. I’m in love with you, and I will leave my wife for you if you give me a chance.”
And, the harassment continued.
Finally on December 30, 2013, Breen voiced her complaint with her direct supervisor, hoping to put an end to it. And, put an end to it, it did. Just like Trump suggested last week – Breen would be finding “another company.” She was fired.
Breen says just days after she complained about the harassment, allegations were trumped-up about her stealing a time card and gambling at work. Without being permitted any appeals, she was placed on suspension January 14 and promptly fired January 16, 2014.
Court documents also included this little nugget of information:
After Breen was terminated, she received a text message from Defendant DiPasquantonio stating that he was told by the General Manager that he “saved his ass” by terminating Breen and not him.
Why isn’t any of this surprising?
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