Real Housewives of New York City star Dorinda Medley has spent her time on the series defending her boyfriend John Mahdessian and according to new court documents obtained, the president of Madame Paulette was accused of discrimination against a female employee in 2014.
Paul Harrison, who was hired as the dry cleaning businessâ€™s Operations Manager on May 22, 2006, accused Mahdessian of terminating him after he defended a female employee, RadarOnline is reporting.
â€œMadame Paulette has had a history of receiving complaints regarding harassing, discriminatory, and other improper actions taken by Defendant Mahdessian against, among others, women,â€ the court papers state.
On September 10, 2012, female employee Vanessa Joseph-Pauline complained to Harrison that she was being â€œdiscriminated against on the basis of sex.â€
â€œMs. Joseph-Pauline stated to Harrison that, among other things, she was being treated in a disparate manner in comparison to male employees,â€ the lawsuit read. â€œMs. Joseph-Pauline was disciplined by Defendant Mahdessian for certain behavior that was tolerated by defendants and permissible when such behavior was engaged in by male employees.â€
When Harrison addressed the issue to Mahdessian, he reportedly became â€œenraged.â€ The reality star explained how he â€œcould do whatever he wanted as he was the President of Madame Paulette.â€
Harrison claims he was then fired on September 10, 2012 for addressing the discrimination issue.
Mahdessian denied the discrimination allegations.
On September 14, Harrison received a letter from Madame Paulette stating he was terminated for â€œabandonment of [his] employment dutiesâ€ and â€œusing its services and facilities for [his] own personal needs without authorization.â€
Harrison claims the employment agreement entitled Harrison to â€œcost-free dry cleaning servicesâ€ and that he used the services â€œduring the many years of employment under the employment agreement.â€
When he applied for unemployment insurance benefits, Mahdessian â€œchallenged Harrisonâ€™s entitlement to unemployment insurance before the New York State Department of Labor.â€
The case was dismissed after settling out of court in October 2014.
Mahdessian did not respond to Radarâ€™s request for comment.
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