The New York Athletic Club is being sued for sexual harassment by former waitress Keisi Ballenilla.
Ballenilla claims that she was repeatedly sexually harassed by her boss, Nesim Zuberi, and other managers. According to the complaint, Zuberi “and other employees created a hostile work environment by frequently requiring that [she] engage in sexual acts as a condition of receiving work.”
In depositions that a current and former employee gave, they allege that New York Athletic Club members and managers subjected the employees to workplace discrimination by making racist comments that included using the N-word.
According to these employees, complaints about discriminatory behavior and sexual harassment were not taken seriously by New York Athletic Club managers, who allegedly failed to conduct real investigations into the complaints and often dismissed them as “unfounded.”
Many employees apparently did not report incidents of discrimination or harassment because they feared they would be subjected to retaliation or terminated from their jobs.