A Florida woman says she was sexually harassed in a massage parlane at a spa, but says her story was covered up by the spa’s owners.
Jennifer Jaffe filed a federal lawsuit in March against the Orlando-based Orlando-area spa, O’Melveny’s Spa, and two of its owners, Kevin and Melissa O’Malley, claiming that the spa was negligent in not reporting the alleged sexual harassment to police or to the local fire department.
The suit alleges that O’Maldens Spa, located at 1240 S. Fairbanks Blvd., has violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Title IX (Title IX) of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
According to the suit, O-Malden’s is a parlor that provides massage therapy, which the plaintiffs claim is protected by Title VII, Title VI, and the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act of 1991.
“The allegations are simply untrue,” said the suit’s lead attorney, David Blattman, in a statement to ABC News.
“O’Melondys spa has taken a clear and reasonable position that the allegations are false, and is vigorously defending the suit against them.”
The plaintiffs alleged that the O’Mahals, who are both retired, harassed Jaffe for years, including one incident in which the spa owner allegedly grabbed her buttocks and tried to kiss her on the mouth.
Jaffe was fired in 2015 after reporting the harassment to O’Mathies Spa’s owner.
According to the lawsuit, OMCs owner and another employee were subsequently fired.
Jafra, who has not been identified by name in the lawsuit due to the sensitivity of the issue, has filed her complaint in a federal court in Florida.
The complaint also accuses the OMC’s owners of failing to take appropriate action, including reporting the incident to the Florida Department of Children and Families and informing OMC owners about its compliance with Title VII.
O’Mals Spa did not immediately respond to ABC’s request for comment.
The O’Malys are also facing federal lawsuits in a different Florida state court in Fort Lauderdale.
The state attorney general is investigating a lawsuit filed by another Florida woman, who alleged that OMC had harassed her in the same spa.
In that case, the lawsuit alleged that staff allegedly touched Jaffe inappropriately in the spa, while Jaffe did not report it.