By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law
A woman who claims she was assaulted at a Massage Envy location in the Northwest section of the District of Columbia (D.C.) filed a $25 million lawsuit against the company and the massage therapist who she said attacked her. The alleged victim, who is not identified in the suit, said the franchise owners never should have hired the alleged attacker, and that they knew he previously had been accused of assaulting women.
According to the suit, the defendant removed a sheet that was covering the woman and made inappropriate oral sexual contact toward the end of her 90-minute massage at a Massage Envy location. The woman immediately pulled the sheet back up to cover herself and told him to leave.
The defendant has been accused in four separate reports of sexual misconduct at three different locations. Click here to read about all of the accusations against the defendant.
The woman who filed the suit is seeking $25 million from Massage Envy, the franchise owners and the defendant.
To learn about how to protect yourself as a massage therapist from situations like this and the repercussions, click here to read one of my prior blogs.
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Segraves, Mark. “Woman Sues DC Massage Envy, Masseur for $25M After Alleged Assault.” NBC Washington. (October 14, 2017). Web.
Swalec, Andrea. “Massage Envy Worker Now Accused in 4th Sex Abuse Case.” NBC Washington. (September 21, 2017). Web.
About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida area. www.TheHealthLawfirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone; (407) 331-6620.
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