A former Guess Inc. fit model is suing the company, charging that chief executive officer Paul Marciano made unwanted sexual advances toward her and cut her work hours when she resisted.
In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Sept. 25, Lindsey Ring, who worked for Guess from 2006 until last February, accused the company of sexual harassment and retaliation. She also charged that the Los Angeles-based apparel company made and sold molds of her nude torso to vendors without her permission for prices of $3,500 each or more.
The suit said Marciano engaged in inappropriate conduct, such as groping Ring and making suggestive comments to her. Ring alleged that in December 2008 Marciano lured her to a warehouse and tried to kiss her.
After complaining to her supervisor, the fit model’s hours were reduced, and she quit in February because of fear for her physical safety, according to the suit.
Deborah Siegel, vice president and general counsel for Guess Inc., said, “The case has no merit.”
Ring alleged in the suit that the experience caused her mental anguish and emotional distress, and she is seeking damages for lost wages, benefits and medical bills.