Low-T Centers, Inc. and several subsidiaries are the defendants in a proposed collective action in which a former employee seeks damages stemming from apparently unpaid wages, as well as gender discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff worked at the defendants’ Gallatin and Hendersonville, Tennessee, locations until her termination in February 2016. The woman claims in the 10-page lawsuit that she and other female employees were subjected to “daily discrimination and harassment” while working for the defendants—Low T Center LLC; Low-T Physicians Services P.L.L.C.; Low-T Shared Services, L.L.C. and Low-T Center of Tennessee JV, L.L.C.—with female workers in general being treated “less favorably than male employees.”
The plaintiff claims that shortly after a male employee was hired as her supervisor, the individual began to make inappropriate sexual comments to not only female employees, but to patients. The plaintiff repeatedly complained to the man, a non-party to this suit, about his alleged conduct, as well as to her boss, the case states, yet the situation was not remedied. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff’s male supervisor informed her and other female staff members that “complaints must be lodged solely with him.” The defendants and the male supervisor supposedly retaliated against the plaintiff for speaking up about the man’s allegedly inappropriate conduct by disciplining the woman and then terminating her employment.
Further, the lawsuit claims the defendants refused to pay the plaintiff time-and-a-half overtime wages for hours worked in excess of 40 each week. According to the case, the defendants failed to maintain proper records of off-the-clock work performed by employees, such as setting up booths at events, answering emails and phone calls, and performing other activities meant to increase sales and patient counts at the companies’ facilities.