Eberstein & Witherite discrimination lawyers discuss the recent sexual harassment case against “Real Housewives” star Lisa Vanderpump.
Celebrities, no matter how popular they are, are not immune from court cases involving workplace harassment and discrimination. Recently, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump was found liable for damages in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against her famed restaurant Villa Blanca by a former employee.
Source: The Los Angeles Daily News Report “Server at restaurant co-owned by ‘Real Housewives’ star Lisa Vanderpump gets $6k award in sexual-harassment case”
“A former server for “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant who said she was forced to quit due to sexual harassment by the eatery’s assistant manager was awarded $6,250 by a jury Thursday.”
The jury also determined that the restaurant acted in malice, a factor that allowed attorneys for the plaintiff to pursue punitive damages, which were awarded several days later.
Source: Inquisitr Report “Lisa Vanderpump Verdict: ‘RHOBH’ Star Ordered To Pay $100K In Sexual Harassment Lawsuit”
“According to TMZ, Bustillos went to court after she was allegedly “manhandled” by a staff member on Vanderpump’s payroll…The jury decided to hold Villa Blanca at fault and has ordered Bustillos be paid $100,000 in punitive damages.”
Eberstein & Witherite Dallas based discrimination attorneys say the reality star’s case illustrates the types of issues employees seek legal help for every day throughout the country. Sexual harassment, retaliation, and discrimination claims are challenging for employees as well as employers. Employees who choose to confront workplace problems face losing their job, retaliation, and challenges in proving their allegations are true so that the situation can be rectified. Employers face damage to their reputation and dealing with a potentially hostile work environment when such matters are brought to the surface. When it comes to cases where it is determined in a court of law that an employer acted egregiously, like in Vanderpump’s case, they face having to pay punitive damages, which are awarded in an effort to dissuade them from allowing such actions to occur at their establishment again.
Say the attorneys of the Dallas based discrimination law firm, it is important that employees who feel they have been harassed or discriminated against on the job understand their legal rights in these matters. Although many have legitimate fears of the repercussions of bringing such matters to light, the law is on the side of the victim in ensuring that things are handled justly.
Employees who would like to speak with an employment law attorney about a discrimination, harassment, or retaliation issue at work can contact the Eberstein & Witherite discrimination attorneys today for a free, confidential consultation.