Venice, CA (PRWEB) December 14, 2005
Today, a former employee of Naked Juice Co. Of Glendora, Inc. filed a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the producer of all-natural juice products as well as North Castle Partners, LLC, which, according to the complaint, owns, controls and finances Naked Juice. The suit also names the company’s President, Tom Hicks, and CEO, Monty Sharma. The Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles assigned the lawsuit case number BC 344426.
Julie Tarry – Naked Juice’s former Director of Marketing – alleges that Hicks and other managerial employees fostered, approved, encouraged and participated in a workplace culture and practice of excessive alcohol consumption, intoxication, sexual harassment, and lewd and unsafe conduct.
North Castle is a private equity firm, which, according to its website, is dedicated to “building great companies that contribute to healthy living and quality of life.” Interestingly, North Castle, which owns Naked Juice, also owns CRC Health Corporation, which is described on North Castle’s website as “the nation’s largest for-profit provider of drug and alcohol treatment centers.”
The complaint alleges that at workplace events, it was common for Hicks and other managers and employees to consume alcohol to the point of inebriation (to the point of “falling down drunk”) and to engage in sexually harassing, misogynistic, and offensive behavior. Among other things, Ms. Tarry alleges that Hicks and other male employees exposed their bare buttocks to her and that Hicks grabbed her and forcibly attempted to remove her pants. The complaint also alleges another male employee was offered $20 by the CFO to urinate off the side of a company chartered boat and that lewd photographs were distributed at work. Ms. Tarry also alleges that, during a company trip to the Sundance Film Festival, Hicks freely strutted around the coed company lodging either in his underwear or with just a towel wrapped around his waist, made vulgar sexual comments, consumed alcohol to the point of intoxication, and slept on the living room floor in his underwear.
The complaint alleges that Ms. Tarry complained to the Director of Human Resources about the continuous pattern of sexual harassment, excessive alcohol consumption, and Hicks’ fraternity-like allegiance to a group of male employee, who were allegedly free to engage in lewd conduct without fear of reprisal. Ms. Tarry alleges that she was fired in retaliation for her complaints.
Commenting about these allegations, Ms. Tarry’s attorney, Gregory D. Helmer of Helmer • Friedman, LLP, said, “California law prohibits employers and their executives from creating and fostering sexually hostile work environments. The law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who complain about unlawful conduct at work.”
For additional information or a PDF copy of Ms. Tarry’s Complaint, contact:
Gregory D. Helmer
Andrew H. Friedman
Helmer • Friedman, LLP, (310) 396-7714