Monica Benner, a 28-year-old woman of Mexican national origin has filed a civil rights lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court, for New York County, against her former employer, WGSN, INC (NY), WGSN, LTD. (UK), EMAP LTD. (“WGSN/EMAP”), and individual members of management, including but not limited to David Gilbertson, CEO of EMAP LTD (UK), and Michael Gazala, President for the Americas of WGSN, INC. (NY).
Cornwall, New York (PRWeb UK/PRWEB ) April 30, 2010 -- Monica Benner, a 28-year-old woman of Mexican national origin has filed a civil rights lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court, for New York County, against her former employer, WGSN, INC (NY), WGSN, LTD. (UK), EMAP LTD. (“WGSN/EMAP”), and individual members of management, including but not limited to David Gilbertson, CEO of EMAP LTD (UK), and Michael Gazala, President for the Americas of WGSN, INC. (NY).
Since her hiring in November 2007 by WGSN/EMAP, by WGSN’s own admission, Ms. Benner’s “business development in Mexico and throughout the Caribbean (resulted in her opening) new markets for WGSN and (grew) the business in these (regions) by 137%”. Despite this fact, Ms. Benner alleges that, during her employment with WGSN/EMAP, defendants subjected her to harassment and discrimination due to her gender and Mexican national origin. Ms. Benner further alleges that when she complained internally of the discrimination and threatened to file a charge of discrimination with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), defendants terminated her employment in violation of the New York City Human Rights Law. Until this day, defendants have not given any reason to Ms. Benner or her counsel as to why Ms. Benner was terminated.
Ms. Benner also alleges that WGSN/EMAP, improperly withheld commission and bonus payments to her, contrary to the terms of her express and/or implied employment contract, and that, she was also terminated because she was very vocal in her opposition to not being paid her fully earned commissions and bonuses contrary to New York Labor Law. Ms. Benner alleges that, as early as June 2008, WGSN/EMAP also did not pay other NY employees, who received commissions and/or bonuses as part of their compensation, their properly earned commissions and/or bonuses, and that WGSN/EMAP made unauthorized deductions from the pay of other NY sales employees as well in violation of the New York Labor Law.
Ms. Benner is seeking, at a minimum, $550,000.00, from all defendants for lost commissions, bonuses, back and front pay, full compensatory damages, and punitive damages for defendants’ alleged illegal conduct as alleged in her Complaint (index no. 103639/10). Ms. Benner is being represented by Jimmy M. Santos of Cornwall, New York. Mr. Santos is also representing another ex- WGSN, INC. (NY) employee, Frederick Magner, in a suit that was filed in late September 2009 in New York County Supreme Court as well (index no. 113405/09). In his suit, Mr. Magner alleges similar violations of the New York Labor Law for WGSN/EMAP’s alleged improper withholding of his earned commissions and/or bonuses. Mr. Magner, another ex-Sales Manager of WGSN INC. (NY), was terminated on the same day that he filed his suit, September 22, 2010.
Any media inquiries should be directed to Jim Santos at (347) 753-3258 and/or via email at jmssesq(at)gmail(dot)com.See the original story at: http://uk.prweb.com/releases/Emap_lawsuit/labor_violations/prweb3946054.htm
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