Female Employees Sue Papa Murphy’s for Secret Filming in Workplace Bathrooms

Four women are suing the Martinez franchise owner of the popular Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza. The suit is based on their allegations that their former boss secretly videotaped them in the employee restroom while using the toilet and undressing. The women claim they suspected their boss, Jason Lassor, of secretly taping them in the workplace’s unisex bathroom for three months before they eventually discovered a hidden camera inside of a cardboard box placed on a shelf in the bathroom.

Lassor already pleaded guilty to one felony count of child pornography and a misdemeanor unlawful electronic video recording charge. One month after pleading guilty, Lassor was sentenced to 120 days in county jail. His time was served by electronic home detention.

One of the four women (who will go unnamed as sex assault victims) was under 18. The women’s representation indicated that the situation was a significant breach of trust and that they were completely devastated when they learned of the filming device. They will continue dealing with the after effects of learning that their privacy had been so irrevocably breached by their employer for some time.

While the women had suspicions that they were being filmed for months prior to finding proof, they feared reprisal and workplace retaliation if they were to complain about their suspicions. When the video camera was discovered in January of 2013, the woman who discovered it called one of the other women who was at home at the time. She came to the place of business, picked up the camera and delivered it to the Martinez police. Lassor was arrested later that same day.

The suit filed by the women against the company and the franchise owner claims negligent supervision, training and retention as well as invasion of privacy, sexual discrimination, harassment and other workplace violations of employment law.

If you have questions regarding your rights to address uncomfortable work situations (suspected or otherwise) while avoiding employer retaliation in the work place contact the California employment law experts at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik. 

Accusations of Labor Violations at TGI Friday’s

One of the nation’s most popular casual dining spots has been named in a class action lawsuit. TGI Friday’s is accused in the suit of systematically underpaying its tipped employees. Allegations made within the suit filed on April 17, 2014 in New York Federal Court include: TGI Friday’s requires that tipped workers are at work early and say late after closing without minimum wage compensation and/or overtime pay. The suit was filed by four former employees of TGI Friday’s in the New York metro area and Fredericksburg, Virginia. Plaintiffs also indicate that the restaurant management utilized a central time-keeping system that allowed them to cut hours from employee time records – requiring employees to work off the clock doing prep work and clean up before and after their shifts/restaurant hours.

No one has indicated a specific dollar amount for this lawsuit, but speculation puts it in the millions. Allegations of violations of the Federal Fair Standards Act and the New York Law were made against TGI Friday’s and Carlson Restaurants (its parent company).

TGI Friday’s has approximately 540 domestic locations and 17,700 US employees. The suit represents all current and former workers: servers, bartenders, hosts, bussers and any other “tipped” workers at the chain.

Workers are seeking recovery of minimum wages as well as overtime pay, misappropriated tips, unlawful deductions, etc.

Many employers are attempting to maximize profit by minimizing employee costs. If you are being underpaid for hours worked, get in touch with an expert wage and hour attorney at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik.