Farmer Jaffe sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz announces the filing of another lawsuit against a Massage Envy franchise. The lawsuit accuses massage therapist Thomas Ogrodnik of sexually assaulting a female client at a Massage Envy franchise in North Palm Beach, Florida.
The case was filed on August 15, 2017 in Palm Beach County, Florida against Thomas Ogrodnik and KAM Concepts LLC d/b/a Massage Envy Spa PGA, the owner of the Massage Envy franchise in North Palm Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County Circuit Court Case No. 2017-CA-9180). The civil Complaint alleges that the sexual battery occurred during a massage on May 19, 2017, at the franchise located at 11680 US Highway 1, Suite 60, North Palm Beach, FL 33408.
According to the lawsuit, during the massage appointment when the client was laying facing down on the massage table, Ogrodnik massaged her buttocks and then penetrated her anus with his fingers. The lawsuit alleges that the client was immediately distraught, uncomfortable, and immediately removed his hand.
Clients of massage therapists are placed in isolated, vulnerable settings where they can be subject to abuse by their massage therapists. Due to the potential for abuse that is inherent under these circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy. Incidents such as this are a reminder that persons who may commit sexual misconduct work in all industries, even professions in which we typically place our blind trust. All allegations of sexual abuse must be thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and employers must be vigilant in screening, supervision and protection at all times.
Farmer Jaffe attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in handling claims nationwide on behalf of victims of sexual assault by massage therapists, including at Massage Envy, Massage Luxe, Hand & Stone Massage, Massage Green, Elements Massage, Massage Heights, Planet Beach Spray & Spa, and other national chains, spas, and hotels. You can reach Adam Horowitz at [email protected] or call our law firm at (954) 603-8394.