Former Waitress Charges Famed Jazz Club With Sex Harassment and Age Discrimination
A legendary New York City jazz club faces charges of sexual harassment and age discrimination from a waitress who worked there for 35 years.
Madeleine Abel, 63, filed suit in federal court against the Village Vanguard, claiming that a club manager groped her and complained that she and other waitresses were “a little long in the tooth” and “getting too old to work at the Vanguard.” The lawsuit was originally reported by DNAinfo.com, a local Web site.
Ms. Abel’s lawsuit claims that she reported these incidents to other Vanguard managers but was ignored. She alleges that the Vanguard fired her in 2011 after she suffered an emotional breakdown; she seeks lost pay and emotional damages for violations of Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
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