Ritz Carlton Facing Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Makarem & Associates, APLC and Michael H. Kim, PC will be Representing Cindy Xu in a lawsuit against The Ritz-Carlton.

Plaintiff complained to human resources, only to be told that the harassing employee would remain her supervisor despite the testimony of other employees. - Jean-Paul Le Clercq, Makarem & Associates

Attorneys, Makarem & Associates, APLC and Michael H. Kim, PC will be representing Cindy Xu in a lawsuit against The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, which operates The Ritz-Carlton Residences in San Francisco, CA. The Ritz-Carlton faces sexual harassment and wrongful termination allegations from Xu, a former Ritz employee who worked as a housekeeper from 2008 to November, 2012.

According to the court documents, the Plaintiff alleges that during her employment she suffered sexual harassment from her supervisor, which included sexual comments and inappropriate touching. Plaintiff further alleges that her supervisor would masturbate in her presence while performing her job duties. Other female employees suffered similar harassment from the same supervisor, according to the Plaintiff.

Court documents allege plaintiff complained to the Ritz-Carlton’s human resource department. The Ritz-Carlton claims that it performed an investigation into the Plaintiff’s complaints, but that the alleged harassing employee was not terminated because the Plaintiff’s most severe allegations could not be substantiated.

Court records also show plaintiff quit her position in November 2012 to avoid continued sexual harassment from her supervisor and later filed a claim with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The Plaintiff is seeking to recover lost wages, damages for emotional distress, and punitive damages related to the Ritz-Carlton’s failure to discipline or terminate the harassing supervisor. Jean-Paul Le Clercq, Plaintiff’s attorney, states “Plaintiff complained to her human resources department in the hopes that something would be done about the harassing employee, only to be told that he would remain her supervisor despite the testimony of other employees who supported many of her allegations.”

The Ritz-Carlton presently operates approximately 80 luxury hotels across 26 different countries. The Ritz-Carlton brought in approximately $3 billion in revenue in 2012. The lawsuit, entitled Cindy Xu v. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, County of San Francisco, Case No. CGC-12-527387, is set for trial on April 7, 2014.

About Makarem & Associates, APLC
Makarem & Associates APLC is a top litigation trial firm that represents employees against employers for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and wage and hour class action litigation. Ron Makarem has received numerous honors and accolades in the legal industry for landmark cases and was recently named a “Top 100 Attorney in Southern California” for 2013 by Los Angeles Magazine. Jean Paul Le Clercq was also named a “Rising Star Super Lawyer” in 2013. For more information about the law firm go to: http://www.makaremlaw.com.

About Michael H. Kim, PC
Michael H. Kim is a well renowned litigation attorney with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. He has represented employees and consumers in high-stakes employment cases and class action lawsuits involving sexual harassment, disability discrimination, and wrongful termination claims, as well as wage and hour violations. He has been appointed as class counsel in a number of high-profile class actions throughout California.

For more information regarding this case or to set up an interview, please contact: info@makaremlaw.com
Kimberly Cabada, Director of Marketing
Makarem & Associates, APLC
11601 Wilshire Bl. Ste. 2440
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 312-0299

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