In late June, a group of five women sued Spa Castle, a spa in Carrollton, Texas, making serious allegations against the establishment. The group contends that male employees harassed them and watched them undress, in some case even taking pictures or video recordings of them in the nude. Four of the women experienced this treatment on a June 15th visit, while the fifth woman recounted similar experiences from her visit on February 14th. Since then, the spa has fired its assistant manager, who was one of the men accused of being a “peeping Tom”. However, the women are now seeking $1 million in damages over the violation of their privacy.
According to the suit, it seems that the male employees had a system in which each one would hold a phone with a towel over it to make it as subtle as possible while still being able to take pictures. Furthermore, it seems that this operation was so organized that there were signals in place to point to the person with the best vantage point to take a salacious picture. One of the women says that at least one male employee simply entered the female locker room and stared at naked women; when the employee was confronted, the woman claims he only responded, “Oops,” with a smirk. The woman tried to file a formal complaint, but was directed to do so via e-mail, as the acting manager was not at work during that shift.
Roshunda Wade, one of the other women involved in the suit, says that her experience was more heated. After a male employee had already unexpectedly entered the women’s nude-only jacuzzi area, under the guise of informing them when the room’s closing time was, Wade says two men refused to leave the bathing area of the locker room in order to allow she and her friend to change. Wade even alleges that the men continued to stare at her body and took pictures of them with a cellphone after refusing to leave. “I remember feeling absolutely disrespected, very angry, disappointed, embarrassed and uncomfortable,” Wade recalls of the situation. Just moments later, Wade also says she saw the men harass another woman in the bathing area, forcing her in the nude to squeeze between them in order to exit. Wade, similarly to the aforementioned woman’s experience, was directed to submit her complaints via e-mail.
This isn’t entirely untrodden territory for the business, as its original branch in New York City has also been accused of lewd acts and safety violations in the past. The original location had to shut down for a period of time last year due to a girl almost drowning after her hair got caught in a drain. The Carrollton branch advertises itself as a family-friendly destination, but this is not the first time they’ve gotten in hot water themselves. For example, two women in mid-July reported finding feces in the women’s-only bathing area, in addition to sarcastic treatment by the employees when presented with the complaint.