WASHINGTON, D.C. — The owner of a designer shoe warehouse in Virginia has been shut down after the company’s owner, a woman, said she had been threatened by men over the last few years.
According to a court document, the women claimed that she was sexually assaulted by several men in the warehouse.
The women’s attorney, David C. Pogue, said in a statement Thursday that the women were not paid, were not allowed to buy products from the warehouse, and that they were never given any severance.
He said the women had no control over the management of the business and had no idea of the financial problems.
We’re going to have to work with the woman to make sure she gets the support she needs and gets a new, safe place to live.
The attorney said.
Pogue said the company was not a sexual harassment problem, but that the company had to take on more debt.
The filing in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said the debt was due to unpaid bills and other issues.
The woman who owns the business, who goes by the name “The Lady,” filed a complaint with the state’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in September and filed for bankruptcy protection.
She said she did not know how much debt she had until her bankruptcy filing.