Once again, Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd are facing a sexual harassment lawsuit. Their track record for these is not good. And there area a lot of Lisa Vanderpump lawsuits. Let’s review some history before discussing the latest Vanderpump Dogs lawsuit.
In 2012, a Villa Blanca dishwasher, Ricardo Velasco sued Blanca LLC, Ken Todd and Lisa Vanderpump.There were more than half a dozen accusations of wrong doing. They included disability discrimination and wrongful termination, retaliation, and, willful failure to pay wages. His attorney asked for general, specific and punitive damages, attorney fees, his job back, and other restitution. Over a year after the case was filed a settlement was reached. The dollar amount was not made public.
2014 Karina Bustillos Hostile Work Environment, Sexual Harrassment
Back in 2014 TamaraTattles.com covered the lawsuit brought by Karina Bustillos from gavel to gavel due to the presence of a source in the courtroom for the entire trial. Bustillos won her lawsuit alleging a hostile work environment and sexual harrassment at Villa Rica. The judge ruled that Lisa and Ken Todd were also individually liable. Lisa publicly denied on TMZ that she lost the case. But, a jury found in favor of Bustillos. She was awarded $6,250 in compensatory damages, and $100,000 in actual damages. Plus, $1.49 million dollars in attorneys’ fees. This exceeds the value of the restaurant. In 2015, Lisa Vanderpump and Ken sued their attorney for malpractice.
2014 Martha Diaz Hostile Work Environment
Also in 2014, There was another sexual harassment lawsuit against Villa Blanca, the one brought by 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 Molina harassed her by touching her in a sexual manner.
Molina and another kitchen worker would make sexually inappropriate comments toward Diaz at work.. The two would also expose her to pornography. The two would refer to Diaz as fat, ugly and call her a whore. They also placed porn on her work locker.
Also in 2014 Ken and Lisa quietly tried to sell Villa Blanca.
2015 Dog Clothing Desinger Partnership Lawsuit
Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd hired a company, Fifi & Romeo to make custom outfits for Giggy. Then Ken and Lisa suggested they partner on a dog clothing line. Basically, they wanted in on the successful business. They would mass produce the looks as Fifi & Romeo For Vanderpump Dogs. The owners agreed.
Within a week after the agreement was reached, Ken and Lisa stopped giving Fifi & Romeo credit for the looks on social media. In fact, the suit alleges they edited the posts where they did give credit to misspell the company name. They also stopped paying for the manufacturing costs for Giggy’s clothes. They dodged phone calls.
Then, Lisa Vanderpump announced she was starting her own line of dog clothes. The suit claims that they took their designs to break down and use as patterns. They were sued on multiple claims: breach of contract, fraud, conversion, and unjust enrichment. I’m not sure how this was resolved. I expect Lisa and Ken settled out of court.
2019 VanderPump Dogs Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
This isn’t the first lawsuit against Vanderpump Dogs by an employee either. In June of 2019 another employee sued for wrongful termination. That female employee received a promotion to operations manger. According to documents reviewed by The Blast, the employee was instructed to sign John Sessa’s name on all Vanderpump Dog Foundations checks. So she did.
Then, a new supervisor found out and put a stop to the practice. She claims that everything was worked out amicably. About a week, later she left work an hour early due to extreme anxiety. She went to the hospital where she was put on a 5150 hold. The day she returned to work she was fired. The cause of termination was signing the checks. However, the real reason appears to be the 5150. The ADA would legally protect her for that. So she is sued for discrimination and wrongful termination.
2017 Lawsuit Against Ken Todd, Lisa Vanderpump And Vanderpump Dogs
Spot Rescue sued Ken Todd, Lisa and the Vanderpump Dog Foundation claiming Ken was enraged when Spot Rescue’s executive director refused to provide dogs for a fundraiser gala Vanderpump sponsored. Ken allegedly threw the female executive against a wall and yelled, “Do you know who I am? I will ruin your life!”
The intimated director relented and sent dogs to the event. When it came time to split the $64,000 raised, Ken allegedly didn’t distribute then funds. Instead, the suit claimed that Ken offered a partial payment. But, only if she signed a statement releasing him from liability for the assault. I believe the case was quietly settled out of court prompting the woman to drop the case.
2020 Wrongful Termination Lawsuit against Vanderpump Dogs
Damiana Guzman filed the lawsuit on January 24 in Los Angeles County Superior Court for “unlawful harassment based on sex, gender, and sexual orientation,” as well as “wrongful termination in violation of public policy by way of constructive discharge,” according to legal documents exclusively obtained by RadarOnline.com.
“Plaintiff worked for Defendant as a dog groomer for approximately two months until she was forced to resign in or about late July 2019 because of the intolerable working conditions created by her manager, Martin Duarte, and his superiors.
“Duarte engaged in a course and pattern of harassment based on Plaintiff’s sex, gender, and sexuality. Examples include the following: Duarte mocked Plaintiff by calling her things such as a ‘skinny no-a** fool,’ and a ‘flat-a** b**ch.’ He also told Plaintiff that he didn’t know how her girlfriend could stand to be with her because she had no ass.”
“Further, Duarte, who was aware of Plaintiff’s sexual orientation, told her that he could turn her straight and that she had not found the right man on numerous occasions. He also claimed that he turned the mother of his child straight. Indeed, not a day went by where Duarte didn’t make a comment about Plaintiff’s body, her sexual preference, or his sexual prowess.”
Guzman informed Duarte’s bosses of the alleged comments, but “they failed to take any meaningful action, so Plaintiff had no choice but to resign,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit state that Guzman was, “subjected to offensive comments, criticism, lewd suggestions and remarks, requests for sexual favors, offensive sexual contact, and other abusive conduct based on her sex, gender, and sexual orientation that was severe or pervasive, altering the conditions of her employment. The conduct was unreasonably abusive and created an offensive and hostile work environment for Plaintiff and for any reasonable person in Plaintiff’s position.”
Guzman claims economic loss and emotional distress and requests all available remedies.
Gee. Does Anyone see a pattern here? And these are just some of the cases that have been made public.