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A former agent says she was retaliated against for reporting that she was routinely sexually harassed by colleagues and assaulted by a client.
An anonymous ex-APA employee is suing the agency claiming it was a “sexually abusive environment” and she was threatened with firing if she reported a sexual assault by a client to law enforcement.
“Plaintiff was incessantly subjected to sexual advances, crude and obscene comments, and retaliation, not at the hands of underlings at APA, but by its most senior apex management,” writes attorney Ben Meisalas of Geragos & Geragos in the complaint. “The men in at APA were allowed to prey upon usually much younger female subordinates, aided and abetted by APA’s Director of Human Resources and General Counsel, both females.”
She’s suing APA, its CEO Jim Gosnell, execs Paul Santana and Josh Humiston and client Michael Hammond.
The woman says Humiston, APA’s head of music, sent her obscene texts including “If you fuck me, I’ll convince [CEO] Jim [Gosnell] to pay you more money,” one that called her a c—, and another that said “I’m going to get you fired bitch.”
“The fact that Humiston (and others at APA) felt brazen enough to put their bad behavior in writing is reflective of how toxic, tolerant and protective of APA’s culture of sexual and racial discrimination is,” writes Meisalas.
Doe says she worked as Gosnell’s assistant for almost two years and was forced to endure mood swings which often became violent. On on occasion in January 2017, she claims “Gosnell threw a trash can filled with trash and a glass at [her] and called her a ‘c—.'”
She also says Santana, vp of APA’s talent department, “incessantly texted and verbally made sexually graphic remarks to her.”
Doe says Hammond, COO of Collins Avenue Productions, sexually assaulted her and when she reported it to APA she was “threatened
by the company’s senior management and APA’s Office of the General Counsel
, to not report it to law enforcement or she would be terminated.”
According to the complaint, the woman says APA conducted a “fake” investigation into her allegations and then filed an arbitration claim against her “claiming that her reporting of APA’s abusive conduct constituted harassment of the agency.”
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