Former Vanderpump Dogs Employee Accuses Manager Of Sexual Harassment
A former employee of The Vanderpump Dog Foundation has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, accusing her former manager of sexual harassment.
According to a new report from Radar Online, the case was filed on January 24, 2020. In it, Damiana Guzman accuses her former manager at Vanderpump Dogs, Martin Duarte, of sexual harassment and even alleges that upper management did nothing about it.
The charges, to be specific, are “unlawful harassment based on sex, gender, and sexual orientation,” and “wrongful termination in violation of public policy by way of constructive discharge.”
“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,” alleges Damiana Guzman, according to court papers obtained by Radar.
“Duarte engaged in a course and pattern of harassment based on Plaintiff’s sex, gender, and sexuality,” continues the complaint. “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 a**.”
In addition, the documents claim that the manager also brought up Guzman’s sexuality while at work. “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,” read the papers. “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.”
According to the report, Guzman did report her complaints to upper management at Vanderpump Dogs but after feeling unsatisfied by their response, she then filed a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in California. The DFEH then provided Guzman with the “intent to sue” letter.
To make it absolutely clear, there is nothing in the court documents or papers obtained by Radar that implicate Lisa Vanderpump or her husband Ken Todd but at the end of the day, they can’t be happy to have been served with this lawsuit. It’s not a good look for them, and it’s an extremely unfortunate situation for the former employee.
After it was revealed that new cast members Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni had made racist statements on their Twitter pages, Lisa came out swinging and said in an official statement that she did not “condone” their behaviour.
“I do not condone any of the heinous comments made in the past by Max and Brett and I am glad they understand the severity of their offenses and have shown utmost remorse and contrition,” she said as fans called for the two to be fired.
“I embrace a community of diversity and do not tolerate bigotry of any form within my workplace,” she continued. “Max and Brett are both appropriately ashamed of their past obnoxious teenage arrogance and casual use of unacceptable terms. While both have now matured as adults, they have shown remorse for their prior reckless defamatory statements.”
“I do sincerely believe both have learned the power and impact words can have, and I have every hope this will be a lifelong lesson for them as we move into this new decade.”
In the case involving the Vanderpump Dog Foundation, Guzman has requested a jury trial and has asked for unspecified damages.