Multiple media outlets have launched investigations into a string of alleged sexual assaults at popular massage chain, Massage Envy. These allegations span several years, revealing a shocking history of misconduct.
Most recently, a November 2017 investigation by BuzzFeed News reveals, “More than 180 people across the United States have filed sexual assault lawsuits, police reports and other sexual misconduct complaints against Massage Envy spas, their employees and the national company.”
A 2014 WSB-TV 2 investigation highlights “more than 50 allegations of sexual assault by Massage Envy therapists in 13 states, including seven in Georgia.” These allegations were apparently compiled from court records and media reports.
The WSB-TV 2 investigation includes allegations from a former Massage Envy employee who reportedly filed charges against the franchise after learning the therapist and coworker who allegedly assaulted her had received previous complaints of sexual misconduct. Her lawyer asserts Massage Envy policies protect the brand and not the clients.
Massage Envy’s corporate office has released a statement in response to the investigation, including their “zero tolerance policy against inappropriate conduct”.
Our Legal Take
Legal advocates for victims of sexual assault and property negligence at The Murray Law Firm were saddened by the media reports. Our firm has represented victims of massage spas and clinics, and assaults and rapes at these establishments have become all too frequent. The recent investigative reports continue to raise grave questions about employee screenings and criminal background checks.
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