Massage Therapists and Sexual HarassmentOctober 16, 2018
Massages are a popular way to unwind, relieve muscle aches, reduce tension, and even assist in the healing process after surgeries and injuries. However, there have recently been several accounts of massage therapists touching clients inappropriately. In fact, Massage Envy, a spa franchise, has had approximately 200 reports of sexual harassment and assault. Although one therapist was immediately fired, another employee remained employed by Massage Envy, even after repeated complaints of sexual misconduct.
The above confirms unsettling reports that massage therapy is an industry that does not hold employers or the licensing board responsible for sexual harassment claims against their employees. Today, this seems a highly questionable practice and we can only hope that the #MeToo Movement will bring progress and accountability to all industries that turn a blind eye to sexual harassment.
Avoiding Sexual Harassment at the Spa
Until patrons of massage parlors can be certain that all reports of sexual misconduct will be taken seriously, it is important to stay vigilant, and do not underestimate the power of the internet to make sure the spa you have chosen is a reputable one. Before making an appointment at a spa, Google the establishment to see if there has been any disciplinary action taken against them.
Massages have different purposes. Some are strictly for relaxation and some are therapeutic. A professional masseuse should speak to each client before a message begins, discussing what parts of the body should be worked on and what parts should be avoided. It is important to remember that the client is always in charge of their own body and it is the masseuse’s job to make sure that every client feels comfortable. Keep in mind that it is against the law for a massage therapist to touch genitals and other areas of the body associated with sexual intimacy.
If you suddenly feel uncomfortable during a massage, do not second guess yourself. Any massage that makes a client sexually or emotionally uncomfortable is not acceptable. For those that find themselves in this situation, do the following immediately:
- File a report with law enforcement to make sure the incident is documented
- Report the incident to the Massage Therapy Board of Registration
- Call a sexual harassment lawyer immediately to discuss your legal options
Cherry Hill Sexual Harassment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Represent Victims of Sexual Harassment
Regardless of where the incident occurred, if you are a victim of a sexual harassment or sexual assault, contact a Cherry Hill sexual harassment lawyer at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. for help. Sexual harassment of any kind is deplorable, and our lawyers will thoroughly review the facts of your case to determine your legal options. We have the knowledge and experience to aggressively defend your rights and obtain the justice you deserve. Conveniently located in Philadelphia, we proudly serve clients from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 215-569-1999 today.