A former jewelry employee has sued a jeweler and other owners of a business that sells jewelry to the military after the owner allegedly refused to sell them to the Army, a federal lawsuit filed in Alabama alleges.
The suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Mobile is the latest lawsuit alleging that former jewelry worker Alexander Fink, 52, has been sexually harassed, assaulted and intimidated by employees at a shop in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The lawsuit also accuses the owners of the shop of failing to properly supervise employees and allowing them to sexually harass Fink and his friends.
The allegations come after Fink said in a radio interview that the harassment started in 2014 and escalated after he complained to his boss about his work environment and was eventually fired.
Fink told ABC News that he was fired from the store last year and that the store did not have any other employees.
“The owner of the store was very angry with me, I was told that I should have fired him, he was very upset,” Fink alleged.
“They were telling me that he would be kicked out of the business.”
The suit alleges that Fink was not allowed to report the harassment to anyone, including his superiors at the military base.
It also accuses employees of threatening Fink with retaliation for reporting the harassment.
“While the owner and the owners at the Tuscalos office had been involved in the harassment and retaliation, it is alleged that the owners, as well as the owners and the employees at the shop, knew that the victims had nothing to do with the harassment or retaliation and knew that Fisk was the only one who had reported the harassment,” the lawsuit said.
The owners of Goodman Jewelers, a former jewelry store in Toccoa, Ala., are named in the suit.
A statement from the owners did not immediately return a request for comment.
Fink told WSB-TV in Birmingham that he is still waiting to see how his lawsuit will be resolved.
The suit is seeking $100,000 in damages.
The story was updated at 5:40 p.m. to include comment from Goodman’s owners.