A possible lawsuit combo?
Besides the wild success of Stab High, Monster Energy has had a legal shocker of a year. You read this morning that John John Florence is suing the beverage company for failing to pay him at all even though they plastered his face across many 7-11s. A rough one seeing as John John is hands-down the most popular surfer in the world, currently. Well-loved in all corners.
The year began, though, on much the same note with employees suing Monster for creating a “sexually hostile work environment.” Let’s peruse the suit a little:
Plaintiff alleges that, beginning in July 2014, her supervisor, John Kenneally, began making unwelcome sexual advances toward her.5 Plaintiff further alleges that another Monster Energy manager, Ted Cook, made comments about her breasts and grabbed her inappropriately.6 Plaintiff alleges that she experienced retaliation after rejecting Kenneally’s sexual advances and filing a sexual harassment complaint against Cook, and she was eventually terminated on October 16, 2015.7 On June 22, 2017, plaintiff filed a complaint for damages alleging violations of Title VII because of a sexually hostile work environment and unlawful retaliation.8 Defendant now moves to compel arbitration, and to dismiss, or alternatively stay, these proceedings.
I’ve done a deep dive and cannot figure out if the suit has been settled or concluded but just think of the fireworks if the two cases could be combined. Just imagine the heat. It would be like the OJ Simpson trial all over again and, to the lawyers out there… would it be possible to combine these two cases?
Is that feasible?