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Spa worker sues for sexual harassment over Brazilian wax training

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Workers are entitled to be free from harassment in the workplace, and laws also prohibit employers from making adverse employment decisions against a person for raising a sexual harassment complaint. Harassment may involve different forms of conduct ranging from repeated offensive comments about a person’s sex to other verbal and physical harassment of a sexual nature.

A former worker at a spa says that her employer violated her civil rights as she was being trained for her new job. The woman was hired by a salon to perform (among other services) Brazilian waxes. But during a training session, she says that she was required to participate in the hair removal procedure with other workers at the salon.

A corporate trainer for the European Wax Center reportedly says that participating in Brazilian wax procedures, including receiving a Brazilian was, is a mandatory part of the training.

There does not appear to be any dispute that the woman knew she was hired to perform Brazilian wax procedures as part of her job. But she says that being forced to strip down herself to allow co-workers to touch her intimate regions to remove hair from her body constitutes unwanted sexual harassment in the workplace.

The woman says that she expressed her objection over being told to bare herself to allow the unwanted physical contact, according to the New York Daily News.

She says that her boss fired her on the spot for refusing to allow co-workers to perform the procedure on her. She is suing the salon in a civil rights lawsuit for wrongful termination, sex discrimination and harassment. She also says that she was unlawfully fired in retaliation for refusing to engage as a subject in the training procedure.

Source: New York Daily News, "No Brazilian wax, no job: Pittsburgh spa allegedly fires woman for refusing to get waxed,” Michael Walsh, July 2, 2013

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