LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A former dishwasher who became one of the leading faces of last year’s #MeToo movement has settled a lawsuit with her former employees.
The Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes and staffing agency Excellent Maintenance Service will pay Sandra Pezqueda $250,000 as a part of a sexual harassment settlement. In her lawsuit, Pezqueda claimed she was fired after she complained to management she was sexually harassed by a supervisor.READ MORE: Family Of Man Killed In DUI Crash Outraged Driver Spent Only One Week In Jail
Pezqueda was featured in Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” issue in 2017, along with other prominent “Silence Breakers” of the #MeToo movement, such as founder Tarana Burke, actress Ashley Judd and a Mexican farmworker who chose to go under the pseudonym “Isabel Pascual.”
Pezqueda alleged a male supervisor pursued her for months and cut her hours after she denied his advances. She was ultimately fired.READ MORE: Pasadena Considers Technology To Help Law Enforcement Detect Gunshots
“Representing Sandra has been a true privilege. She is a hero,” Pezqueda’s attorney Lauren Teukolsky said in a statement on her firm’s blog Tuesday.
“After she got fired for complaining about sexual harassment, she could have just walked away. Instead, she stood up. She is part of the #metoo revolution and she inspires me every day to fight harder for women in the workplace.”
The resort and the staffing agency have denied any wrongdoing.MORE NEWS: LA County Reports 5 New COVID-19 Deaths; Hospitalizations Hold Steady
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