Our client is a 51-year-old well known musician who went to Samjung Corp. d.b.a. Virginia Cleaners in Berkeley to have a dress altered. During the alteration, the tailor intentionally placed his hand inside our client’s dress and fondled her bare breast. During discovery and investigation, we uncovered that the owner and manager of the business knew this tailor had groped and sexually assaulted several other females on the premises of the business before he victimized our client.
Even after our client was sexually assaulted, the corporation did not terminate its dangerous employee. We sued the corporation for negligent hiring, negligent, training, negligent supervision, and negligent retention of the perpetrator. The case resulted in a settlement of $700,000. As part of the settlement, the corporation agreed that the perpetrator will never be permitted to work in the business, and they agree to pay $100,000 in additional damages if it is proven that the tailor is found working there in the future.