Panda Express Sued for Forcing Employee to Strip in Front of Co-Workers

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From Western Journal

A fast-food chain in California is being sued by a former employee who said that a seminar she was forced to attend as part of the path to any possible promotion included humiliation and also an exercise where she was forced to take off all but her underwear.

Jennifer Spargifiore, 23, is suing the Chinese food chain Panda Express for sexual battery and emotional distress. She is also suing Alive Seminars and Coaching Academy, which offered the seminar she was required to attend, according to the Los Angeles Times.

At the time of the 2019 seminar she attended, Spargifiore worked as a cashier at a Santa Clarita location and spent several hundred dollars to attend the workshop, according to Oscar Ramirez, her attorney.

The complaint paints a gruesome picture of the seminar.

“From the beginning, the Panda-sponsored Alive seminar attended by Ms. Spargifiore was bizarre and quickly devolved into psychological abuse,” the lawsuit alleges.

“At the start, the attendees were told to sit down and not talk and were left in eerie isolation for a full hour before a man stormed in, yelling in Spanish and berating the attendees for sitting there and doing nothing when that is exactly what they had been instructed to do. The man, an Alive Seminars employee, loudly proclaimed that the attendees are ‘nothing’ and ‘don’t matter,’ rounding on some people to berate them individually, spittle flying. The overall effect was that of a particularly nasty drill sergeant yelling into Ms. Spargifiore’s face,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit claimed that “the goal of the seminar staff was to isolate and intimidate Ms. Spargifiore and the other attendees. The attendees were prohibited from using their cell phones; there was no clock in the room; the doors and windows were all covered with black cloth. The atmosphere resembled less a self-improvement seminar than a site for off-the-books interrogation of terrorist suspects.”

You Can Read the Full Article by Jack Davis at The Western Journal by Clicking Here




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