The Massage Envy location in May’s Landing – one of four locations named in a sexual assault lawsuit.
20 Women File Lawsuits Against Massage Envy in One Week
Attorneys from the Philadelphia-based law firm Laffey, Bucci, and Kent filed this week’s third sexual assault lawsuit against nationwide chain Massage Envy in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County on August 29. Four women claim to have been sexually assaulted by massage therapists at four different locations throughout the state.
These four women join 16 others who have filed lawsuits against the company in just the past week – with 11 women alleging sexual assault at chain locations across California and another 5 bringing a lawsuit against locations in Florida. All 20 women in these cases are being represented by Laffey, Bucci, and Kent.
These lawsuits all allege that Massage Envy’s negligence enabled these sexual assaults to occur. Specifically, the attorneys allege that the company has a culture of coverups that encouraged keeping complaints “in-house” and hidden from “law enforcement, state massage therapy boards, unsuspecting customers, and the public at large.”
How Common is Sexual Assault At Massage Envy Locations?
This week’s surge of lawsuits against Massage Envy is nothing new. In late 2017, BuzzFeed launched an investigation that revealed over 180 complaints, lawsuits, and police reports filed for alleged sexual assaults at locations throughout the country. With 1,200 franchise locations across the United States, there could easily be many more victims who have yet to come forward.