Four women are suing a spa in Texas after three employees at the sprawling oasis allegedly snapped cellphone pictures of them in the facility’s locker rooms, using towels to disguise their tactics.
The invasion of privacy lawsuit, which is seeking more than $1 million in damages, claims that four female customers who visited Spa Castle in Carrollton separately on June 15 were photographed or watched by employees while showering or undressing, the Dallas News reports.
Attorney Geoff Henley, who is representing the four women, said that an assistant manager who was one of the employees accused of harassing them was fired late Tuesday.
One woman, identified in the lawsuit as Y.H., claims she spotted three employees sneaking pictures of women in their bathing suits as she sat in a chair near one of the spa’s pools. The allegedly deviant employees tried to hide their behavior by placing towels over their hands as they snapped away.
“They would also motion and signal to another to take photos, if one person was in a better position to snap a photo,” according to the lawsuit.
After leaving the pool area, the woman claims she went into the woman’s locker room and took a shower. When exiting the shower, she said she saw a male employee inside the locker room, staring at her and other customers inside.
And when she confronted the gawking employee, the woman said he replied, with a smile: “Oops.”
The woman then relayed that to an employee at the front desk, who told her she would need to file the complaint via email. Police in Carrollton were later called to the spa by the husband of one of the women who claims she was victimized, the newspaper reports.
A message seeking comment from the spa’s general manager early Wednesday was not immediately returned.
Another woman, identified as R.W. in the lawsuit, claims she and a fried were sitting in a nude-only Jacuzzi and shower section of the women’s locker room when a male employee entered to say that the room would be closing in 30 minutes.
About 10 minutes later, the woman claims she saw two men standing in the bathing area and got into an intense argument, with one of the male employees demanding that the women leave. All the while, the second employee started snapped pictures of the nude women with a cellphone, she claims.
“You have a problem, you are uncomfortable, you [expletive] leave,” one of the employees said, according to the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, the owners of the original Spa Castle in Queens were indicted on tax fraud charges in March for failing to report millions in revenue to tax authorities, according to the state attorney general. Owner Steve Chon later pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree grand larceny, eight counts of second-degree criminal tax fraud and one count of third-degree criminal tax fraud in Queens Supreme Court.
A month earlier, in February, the principal of Harlem Renaissance High School wasremoved from his job after rewarding staffers with a trip to the notorious spa in Queens that some have likened to the “set of a porn movie” on weekends, when the after-hours crowd attracts strippers and other lewd customers.
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