Massage Envy, a nationwide wellness franchise that provides massage and skin care services, is facing hundreds of complaints by customers who claim they were sexually assaulted or harassed.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was sexually assaulted, harassed, or feel you were violated in any way during a professional massage, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: 3rd Woman Alleges Sexual Assault from Massage Envy Therapist in Minnesota
March 29, 2018 – A third client of a massage therapist at a Massage Envy spa in Eden Prairie, MN, has accused him of sexually assaulting her, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Mitchell Le Dac Ho was charged Monday in Hennepin County District Court with 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct in the alleged incident at the Massage Envy in the Windsor Plaza mall near Flying Cloud Drive on Jan. 1, 2016.
What’s the Problem?
November 27, 2017 – At least 180 people to date have filed complaints in the form of sexual assault civil lawsuits, police reports, or objections to state boards against Massage Envy, according to a Buzzfeed News investigation.
The report says that in addition to the 180 alleged victims, many more have been offered settlements to keep their cases out of court. Katie J.M. Baker, the investigative writer who authored the report, pointed out that the vast majority of sexual assault victims never file a complaint.
Massage Envy does not require franchisees to notify police in the event of a sexual assault complaint, except where specified by local law. The company does, however, require internal investigations into the incidents, but provides little guidance on how to go about them, according to BuzzFeed.
Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has franchises in all 50 U.S. states except Wyoming. The company claims to have over 35,000 “dedicated wellness professionals” whose core values include striving “to earn and to keep the trust of those we serve by delivering exceptional service” to its more than 1.5 million members and guests.
Massage Envy responded to the complaints with the word “heartbreaking,” saying they occurred over 15 years and some 125 million massages.
“We believe that even one incident is too many,” the company said in a statement to USA TODAY. “We are constantly listening, learning and evaluating how we can continue to strengthen our policies with respect to handling of these issues.”
Florida Woman Alleges Sexual Assault from Massage Envy Employee
December 11, 2017 – A woman who claims she was violated by a male masseur at a Massage Envy spa in Coral Gables, Florida, has filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against the company. The complaint charges First World Financial Corp. with negligence in hiring and business practices, which allowed the alleged March 12 sexual assault by masseur David Egusquiza to take place.
4 New Sexual Assault Lawsuits Filed Against Massage Envy in Chicago
Nov. 30, 2017 – Lawsuits have been filed against at least 4 different Illinois Massage Envy spas, the latest in a snowball of sexual assault litigation against the company’s franchises and male massage therapists. According to the Chicago Tribune, the new suits were filed in Naperville, Elmhurst, Tinley Park and Chicago.
Do I Have a Massage Envy Sexual Assault Lawsuit?
The Sexual Abuse Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Massage Envy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new sexual assault cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a masseuse, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.