Guess? Model Sues ‘Abusive’ CEO Paul Marciano for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Lindsey Ring, a former model for fashion company Guess?, has filed a sexual harassment and retailation lawsuit against co-CEO Paul Marciano for allegedly making unwanted sexual advances on Ring.  Ring claims that Marciano lured her into a warehouse in December 2008, turned out the light and tried to kiss her.

After Lindsey Ring rejected Marciano’s advances and complained to her direct boss, the model was told, “This is not the first time this has happened with Mr. Marciano.”

Ring says she was afraid to speak up because of Marciano’s “reputation as an abusive and belligerent boss who would terminate employees at the drop of a hat.”

Ring’s working hours were subsequently cut and, fearing that she might be physically harmed by Marciano, she quit on February 2009.  Ring says that the sexual harassment and retaliation caused her “sleeplessness, anxiety, tension, depression and humiliation.”

Source: Courthouse News Service

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