The reason for the quiet listing of Villa Blanca for sale is becoming even more obvious with the filing of another hostile work environment lawsuit. The listing of the restaurant appeared after a former employee received a letter of right two sue, and just days before the actual suit was filed on July 31st. I became aware of the suit through a TMZ article that was very light on the details of the suit. At that time Lisa Vanderpump tweeted that there was no new suit at all and this was old news. Once again, Vanderpump’s tweets about these suits are unreliable.
In this latest suit, Martha Diaz, a pastry chef who worked at Villa Blanca alleges that yet another manager has created a hostile workplace and sexual harassment by her immediate supervisor Gustovo Molina. The suit alleges that beginning in March of 2014 Molina began to harass her by inappropriately touching her in a sexual manner including touching of her vaginal area. Molina and another kitchen worker would make sexually inappropriate comments toward Diaz in the course of her workday. The two would also pull up pornographic images on their cell phones and expose them to her. The two kitchen works would refer to Diaz as fat, ugly and call her a whore. They also places pornographic drawings in her work space and on her locker.
Charges filed against the manager and the restaurant are (1) Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (2) Hostile Work Environment and Harassment in the Workplace (3) Battery (4) Assault (5) Negligence ( 6) Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress (7) Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress .
Diaz is asking for (1) General Damages ( 2) Medical Expenses (3) Special Damages (4) Statutory Penalties and Damages (5) Punitive and Exemplary Damages (6) Prejudgement Interest (7) Attorney Fees and Costs (8) Any Further Relief the Judge Deems Just and Proper.
If you missed any of the previous posts about Villa Blanca’s legal troubles, you can find those posts listed here.
What the heck is the problem at Villa Blanca? Seriously.