Are You Safe Getting a Massage?

When an individual goes in for a massage, there are a number of expectations they may have.  Some may expect to be relaxed.  Some may expect to be healed.  Some may expect to be rejuvenated.  But all expect to be safe.  Sadly, recent lawsuits against Massage Envy and its employees have demonstrated that expectation is frequently not met.

Claims Against Massage Envy

Hundreds of women have recently come forward reporting they were sexually assaulted by masseuses at Massage Envy locations across the country. In a disturbing number of these cases, women reported the assaults to Massage Envy but were met with inaction and a lack of support.  In those instances, the company did nothing to investigate, take remedial action, or prevent assaults from happening again.  This inaction often followed earlier failings by Massage Envy to conduct proper background screening that may very well have prevented the perpetrators from ever interacting with their clients in the first place.  Such reckless disregard by the company for the safety of its clients is especially stark in light of the fact that, in many of the reported situations, multiple women were sexually assaulted by the same massage therapist.  Given Massage Envy’s conduct, many of these survivors have brought civil lawsuits against the company, as well as the massage therapists who committed the assaults, in order to obtain some measure of justice.

GoldenbergLaw Can Help

Sexual assault is devastating and can, among other things, create feelings of guilt, shame, and hopelessness, cause withdrawal from loved ones, and impact education and employment.  While no amount of compensation can make you whole after experiencing a traumatic sexual assault, the ability to put some aspects of your life back together through an award of compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured as well as the actual expenses incurred, such as medical and mental health treatment, moving costs, lost wages, or tuition, could be a positive step in your healing process. Plus, pursuing lawsuits against entities such as Massage Envy for enabling sexual assault perpetrators can help change corporate behavior and prevent future sexual assaults in similar contexts.

GoldenbergLaw also understands that pursuing a civil lawsuit on the basis of sexual assault can be difficult and traumatic.  And it is for just that reason that GoldenbergLaw wants to work with survivors of sexual assault to understand their civil litigation options and the impact of whatever choice feels right to each individual survivor.  If you’ve suffered a sexual assault at a Massage Envy or similar business entity, please reach out to us to discuss your options and their potential impact on your life.  Should you decide to pursue a civil lawsuit on the basis of your sexual assault, we have the experience and compassion to deliver the Gold standard advocacy you deserve. We strive to prepare sexual assault survivors for the realities of civil litigation. And if you decide that bringing a lawsuit is not the right choice for you, we understand and respect that decision as well.  Whatever your eventual decision may be regarding whether to bring a lawsuit against Massage Envy or a similar entity on the basis of your sexual assault, we would be honored to speak with you and advise you of your options.  We look forward to hearing from you.