Light Group and VP of Entertainment Named In SHOCKING Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
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The law firm of Campbell & Williams has filed, on behalf of their client Jane Doe, a complaint in United States District Court, District of Nevada, which alleges that Light Group Vice President Mustafa Abdi (aka Moose Diesel) engaged in multiple counts of sexual harassment with an employee during her shifts working as a table hostess at the brand new Light and Daylight at Mandalay Bay. The suit also claims that Light & Daylight management encouraged and rewarded this behavior amongst employees to create a party atmosphere. Furthermore it alleges that Light Group senior management and Human Resources enagaged in a cover up campaign against any and all sexual harassment allegations, in order to preserve the status quo.
The plaintiff claims that part of her job at Light Group was to "consume alcohol and socialize with high-level employees including [Light Group founder Andrew] Sasson and Abdi while working at Light Nightclub and outside of the workplace." Plaintiff also claims that she, and other female employees were instructed to "socialize, consume alcohol, and 'party' with wealthy guests in and outside of the workplace." Abdi allegedly demanded she kiss him on the lips and hug him nearly every day, creating an atmosphere where sexual harassment was implied to be part of the job.
The suit claims that Abdi made multiple verbal sexual advances towards her ranging from vulgar sexual remarks and requests to meet outside of the workplace for sex. After these were rebuffed, the complaint alleges that Abdi's overtures began to increase in intensity and became physical, rubbing his genitals on the Plaintiff and demanding she "touch it" at a private party, and doing the same at Daylight two days later in a storage room, twice three weeks later both at Light nightclub. The last time allegedly took place in the DJ Green Room, wherein Abdi locked the door and tried to perform oral sex on her. Another alleged attack took place in October, wherein Abdi licked the plaintiffs neck at work and told her "we better [expletive, redacted in complaint] before the end of the year."
The plaintiff claims that Light club management knew about and encouraged sexual harassment, rewarding employees who submitted to advances with better work hours in more profitable sections of the club. Employees who refused to submit were often terminated. Plaintiff alleges that workers were ordered to refrain from telling anyone about the work place atmosphere, repurposing Vegas' famous marketing campaign to say "what happens in the club stays in the club." The plaintiff also asserts that HR was more interested in covering up the claims of harrassment than representing or investigating on behalf of employees who report improper behavior.
After learning about plaintiff's intentions to pursue the matter legally, plaintiff stated that Light club held a meeting of all employees at Kumi Restaurant in Mandalay Bay concerning sexual harassment allegations. Upon arrival, the plaintiff claims she was publicly humiliated and escorted out of the meeting afterwhich remaining employees were required to fill out and sign documents that stated that they didn't see any drug use or sexual battery or harassment in the workplace.
The allegations, if true, expose Mandalay Bay's Light and Daylight clubs - a co-production of Light Group, Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International - as a perilous workplace wherein sexual harassment, objectification and discrimination against female employees is institutionally mandated from dance floor to backrooms to the HR department whose very purpose is to recruit, retain and protect workers.
Light Group attorney Scott Mahoney told The Las Vegas Review-Journal:
We do not comment on pending litigation as a matter of policy. We do take seriously allegations of this sort by all current and former employees.
Morgans Hotel Group (owner of Light Group), MGM Resorts International (owner of Mandalay Bay) and Cirque du Soleil (partner in Cirque du Soleil) were NOT named in the lawsuit.
Here is the full complaint as filed with U.S. District Court... not for the squeamish.
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