Sexual Assault by Massage Therapists
Going to see a massage therapist after a particularly stressful week is not uncommon, and while many therapists are both skilled and professional, not all fall under this category. In fact, hundreds of people report sexual assault by massage therapists every year. Just last year, a single company faced allegations of assault from more than 180 women who accused a number of the company’s massage therapists of groping them and performing other sexual acts during sessions. The employees in question now face assault charges and the parent company itself is facing allegations of failing to investigate the offenses when they were initially reported.
By seeking the services of a massage therapist, we put ourselves in the hands of licensed individuals who are trained and are required to comply with strict guidelines. Using their position to assault customers is a serious violation of these guidelines and the law, and these individuals can and should be held accountable for their actions. To learn more about filing your own claim against a massage therapist who abused you, please contact a member of our civil litigation legal team today.
Massage therapists who commit sexual assaults against customers can be prosecuted by the state and may face jail time and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Aside from this type of criminal case, however, victims can also file civil lawsuits against the perpetrators, in which they can seek compensation for the pain and suffering they endured as a result of the offense. When a massage therapist’s conduct is especially egregious, courts may also be willing to award punitive damages to the plaintiff to help deter similar behavior in the future.
Holding the Business Liable
Individual massage therapists who commit these types of sexual assaults can and should be held accountable for their actions in both criminal and civil court. It is also possible in some cases for the assault victim to hold the business where the massage therapist was employed liable for a portion of their damages. This type of suit could include not only the owner of the business, but also the national headquarters if the establishment is part of a chain. Even if a parent company was unaware of an assault committed by an employee, it can still be held liable for damages if it has a policy of preventing local franchises from filing reports of sexual assault with the police or with licensing organizations. Alternatively, the owner of the specific franchise could be forced to pay damages in a civil suit if he or she knew of the allegations but failed to address them.
Call Our Legal Team Today
Filing a claim against a large entity like a national franchise can be difficult, but it is not impossible, especially for those who are represented by a skilled legal team, so if you were assaulted by a massage therapist or a spa employee, please do not hesitate to contact one of the dedicated civil litigation attorneys at Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. by calling 737-201-0543 today. Initial consultations are conducted free of charge.