Sandra Pezqueda filed a suit alleging that her supervisor at the Terranea Resort, a luxury retreat in Southern California, pursued her for months. When she rebuffed him, he changed her schedule and cut her hours. "Someone who is in the limelight is able to speak out more easily than people who are poor," she says. "The reality of being a woman is the same—the difference is the risk each woman must take." (Attorneys for the staffing company that employed Pezqueda deny her allegations. Terranea Resort declined to comment.) Pezqueda is among the Silence Breakers, TIME's Person of the Year. Read the full story on TIME.com. Photograph by Billy & Hells for TIME. #TIMEPOY
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Sandra Pezqueda, one of the “Silence Breakers” recognized by Time Magazine, is not a celebrity. She’s an immigrant mother who washed dishes at the fancy Terranea Resort.
After Sandra came forward to report predatory sexual harassment, she was fired. She filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination and retaliation against the Terranea and the staffing agency that placed her there. The suit was settled in April 2018. Under the terms of the settlement agreement entered into by Pezqueda and the staffing agency, Excellent Maintenance Service, Inc., the agency will pay Pezqueda $250,000 to resolve all claims raised in the lawsuit.
A serious labor dispute remains ongoing at the Terranea. Terranea management has consistently refused to give the resort workers a fair process for workers to decide whether to unionize, one that would create an atmosphere free from management pressure tactics. For more information about the labor dispute at the Terranea Resort, please visit socaltravelalert.org/terranea.
We are asking for customers to Terranea workers and pledge not to do business at the resort until the labor dispute is over and all workers are treated with respect and dignity.
The choice is yours: stick with the Terranea, or stand with the hotel’s workers and cease doing business at the resort.