Helmer Friedman LLP Files Law Suit Against Air Hollywood, The Pan Am Experience, And Talaat Captan Alleging Sexual Harassment And Retaliation

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Lawsuit alleges that defendant, Talaat Captan, sexually harassed his female employees.

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California law is clear: it is not only illegal for employers to engage in sexual harassment but it is also illegal for employers to fire, demote or otherwise retaliate against an employee because she complains about discrimination and harassment.

Nationally-known plaintiffs’ employment rights law firm Helmer Friedman LLP, announced today that Jane Doe has sued Air Hollywood, The Pan Am Experience and Talaat Captan for sexual harassment and retaliation.

The lawsuit, Jane Doe v. Air Hollywood, The Pan Am Experience, and Talaat Captan (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC675633), alleges that Air Hollywood/The Pan Am Experience created a sexually hostile work environment. When Jane Doe complained to him about his sexually inappropriate behavior and asked him to stop, the lawsuit alleges, defendant Captan retaliated against her and constructively fired her.

Finally, the lawsuit alleges that, in addition to sexual harassment, defendants Captan and Air Hollywood also engaged in rampant wage theft and other illegal wage and hour practices including not providing Jane Doe – a non-exempt employee (who neither supervised anyone nor regularly exercised discretion or independent judgment) and other non-exempt employees – with rest periods, and often cut short Jane Doe’s and the other non-exempt employees’ meal periods and/or forced these employees to forgo them entirely.

Jane Doe is represented by Helmer Friedman, LLP a Beverly Hills, California law firm that represents employees and other individuals seeking to assert their rights. Although Helmer Friedman LLP is primarily known for representing employees, the law firm also represents consumers in virtually all types of cases against companies including taking on complex appellate matters. Indeed, earlier this year the firm obtained a unanimous decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit against Fannie Mae.

Ms. Doe’s attorney, Courtney Abrams stated, “California law is clear: it is not only illegal for employers to engage in sexual harassment but it is also illegal for employers to fire, demote or otherwise retaliate against an employee because she complains about discrimination and harassment. Likewise, unless an employee falls within very limited exceptions, California wage and hour law requires that the employer pay overtime to employees working more than 8 hours a day and/or 40 hours per week.”

Current and former employees of Air Hollywood and The Pan Am Experience who wish to report their work experiences or learn more about the lawsuit should visit http://www.helmerfriedman.com/airhollywood-panamexperience-talaat-captan-sued-sexual-harassment/. This webpage will allow witnesses and employees interested in protecting their rights to contact counsel for Jane Doe.

For more information, please contact Andrew H. Friedman - afriedman(at)helmerfriedman(dot)com - or Courtney Abrams – cabrams(at)helmerfriedman(dot)com - at 310-396-7714. Similarly, if you are a witness or have information that would be relevant to Ms. Doe’s claims please contact Mr. Friedman and/or Ms. Abrams.

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