Luciana D’Angelo, a hairdresser who once worked at Manhattan’s trendy Devachan, has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the hair salon, where cuts go for $300. It’s a big one, too: She’s seeking $16 million!
D’Angelo claims two male Devachan employees began harassing her almost from her first day.
According her lawsuit, co-worker Keith Magnussen started hitting on her early in her employ, despite the fact that he was married.
D’Angelo complained to her bosses, but they told her to “just ignore him.” Shortly after that, she was assigned to the chair next to Magnussen, where things just got worse.
D’Angelo’s complaint also claims Denivaldo DaSilva, the salon’s part-owner and manager, also harassed her.
DaSilva agreed to move her away from Magnussen—and even agreed to co-sign an apartment lease as a favor to D’Angelo. But when she started dating another employee, DaSilva cut her clients down from 10 per day to three, substantially lowering her income.
According to the New York Daily News, D’Angelo said DaSilva then warned her that if he ended up having to pay her rent, she would “pay him back one way or another.”
She responded by filing a written sexual harassment complaint with. That’s when she says DaSilva fired her.
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