Federal lawsuit claims worker later transferred to 2nd Sbarro location
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A once-undocumented immigrant is suing her former boss and employer over claims he repeatedly sexually assaulted her and threatened her with deportation at a quick meals restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip.
The federal trial over claims of intercourse discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation started in U.S. District Court on Monday. In courtroom paperwork, Sandra Perez claims the supervisor on the now-closed Sbarro Pizza contained in the Monte Carlo lodge raped her on a weekly foundation inside the placement’s walk-in cooler.
If she didn’t comply, her boss would alert immigration authorities about his worker’s undocumented standing, the lawsuit claims. The Monte Carlo is now the Park MGM.
“My mother bring us here — she was a single mother,” Perez stated about her arrival to the United States twenty years in the past. “It was too hard in Mexico for us to survive.”
Perez stated her actual check of survival started within the spring of 2016. She was working within the kitchen on the Monte Carlo Sbarro with a number of different members of the family, the lawsuit stated.
“Sometimes I look around and see if somebody else is there and there is nobody else around — only me,” Perez stated about working alone, prepping and cooking pizza.
Several months after she was employed, Perez stated the supervisor “…repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted…” her, “…[using] Sandra’s gender (female) and undocumented status to force her to stay silent,” courtroom paperwork allege.
“He threatened me with immigration,” Perez advised the 8 News Now I-Team’s David Charns. “He threatened to deport me: ‘I can call immigration.’”
“How did that make you feel?” Charns requested.
“Just imagine,” Perez stated. “Angry.”
The lawsuit claims the supervisor anticipated sexual favors from Perez in return for the hiring of her members of the family. It states, “[the manager] was granting a favor or advantage to her by hiring her and her family and he expected repeated sexual favors in return.”
The majority of the alleged abuse occurred contained in the restaurant’s walk-in cooler, the place the lawsuit claims the supervisor had entry to lock the door from the within.
Exhibits within the lawsuit embody depositions from the supervisor, Perez, Perez’s members of the family and different potential witnesses.
“When you were having sex with Sandra in the cooler, did you have as the manager of the store any concerns about the food safety issues associated with having sex in the cooler?” a lawyer requested.
“No,” the supervisor responded, including the intercourse was consensual.
“He raped me because it was not in consent,” Perez stated. “You know when it’s consent and when it’s not. So I call rape and he harmed me.”
The company transferred Perez to a distinct Sbarro location on the Las Vegas Strip later that year, the lawsuit stated. The supervisor claimed Perez was having points “with management and employees” and “needed a fresh start,” the deposition offered within the lawsuit stated.
In 2018, the Nevada Equal Rights Commission confirmed Perez’s allegation of a “sexually hostile work environment,” successfully permitting her to sue.
“Evidence obtained during this investigation confirmed [the manager] engaged and promoted a sexually hostile work environment toward Ms. Perez,” the NERC discovering stated. “[The manager] transferred Ms. Perez from the respondent’s Monte Carlo location to their Bally’s location when confronted by Ms. Perez’s family members over the accusations that [other employees] were sexually harassing Ms. Perez and her family members. It is possible if Ms. Perez’s family members had not confronted the alleged discrimination offenders it is more than likely Ms. Perez would still be subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace.”
Sbarro denied the declare, in keeping with the NERC, “because various employees frequently go back and forth between the front and back of the store.”
In his deposition, the final supervisor stated nobody else ever entered the cooler through the situations in question. He additionally stated he and Perez by no means communicated by way of textual content, e-mail or social media throughout her employment or afterward, the lawsuit stated.
“You come to a new country, you have to learn a new language, you have to learn a culture,” Perez’s lawyer, Jenny Foley, PhD, stated. “And then you have to try to function within all of that new thing. When something goes wrong in that process, I think it’s particularly horrifying.”
Perez hopes the jury will facet together with her.
“I am a survivor, because I tried to defend myself,” she stated. “Nobody cares. And I’m the example that nobody cares, because I was screaming for help.”
Attorneys for Perez filed a movement for a mistrial within the case Wednesday over claims made in courtroom concerning Perez’s immigration standing. Perez stated she has since obtained a Green Card.
Lawyers for Sbarro and the final supervisor didn’t return a request for remark. Representatives for Sbarro additionally didn’t return an e mail request — which included a notice concerning the sexual acts occurring in a meals storage space.