Paul Mitchell’s Son Sued for Sex Discrimination and Harassment

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Paul Mitchell beauty care products have been in the hair care industry for years and have been recognized as one of the top hair care companies available to consumers. While you would expect that headline news involving the company would revolve around the products it sells, TMZ reported that one of the owners of the company is actually being recognized for sexual misconduct.

The son of Paul Mitchell, who is also a co-owner of the Paul Mitchell Company, is facing a lawsuit for “coercing and cajoling an employee to have sex with him.” Tally Rossi, who was hired back in 2012 as a project manager for media/education, claims Angus began to flirt with her and would tell her how he desired to have a woman just like her. Angus was married during that time, however, she claims he used the company “as a hunting ground to find women to date and have sex with.”

Back in 2015, Rossi says she was invited to Angus’ home, given wine as she listened to his recent divorce, and that is when he grabbed her face and forcibly kissed her. She claims that she pulled away and was crying. Although Rossi showed Angus signs of rejection, she still felt pressured to get involved sexually with him. She even says he coerced her into taking ecstasy and having sex. Rossi felt as though if she didn’t do these things, it would cost her job.

When the two finally broke up in January 2016, Rossi was demoted because of a negative performance review. But then in March 2016, she has sex with Angus again and he wired her $50,000 “because he felt bad that she was treated poorly at work.” Rossi was then given an ultimatum by the President of the company- quit immediately or at the end of the workday. She has since hired an attorney to help file a sex discrimination and harassment lawsuit. Angus nor a spokesperson for Paul Mitchell Co. has answered any requests for comment.

It’s a good thing that Rossi has taken the initiative to hire a sexual harassment lawyer as there are a few gray areas in her story that Angus can, and will likely, refute.

 

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Sometimes, victims of sexual harassment are faced with challenges they never expected when they file a complaint. If your complaint isn’t being taken seriously or handled properly, consider letting a Houston sexual harassment lawyer intervene.

What challenges might a sexual harassment victim face when filing a complaint?

 

One of the challenges many sexual harassment victims face when they accuse a person of harassment is that the harasser often denies any wrongdoing.  And when a person of power is accused, it is sometimes even harder to prove they did anything wrong, which is one of the things the #MeToo movement is working to combat against.

 

If you live in Houston, TX and your employer or even a co-worker has sexually harassed you, yet your complaints aren’t being handled accordingly, it might be time to contact a local sexual harassment attorney. If you have been fired from your job as a form of retaliation after you filed a harassment complaint, again, a sexual misconduct attorney in Houston can help you resolve this unfortunate issue you have been faced with.


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