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Largo travel company bosses accused of groping workers, suggestive gestures

TAMPA — A sexual harassment lawsuit filed in federal court accuses male managers at a Largo travel company of groping female workers, asking them to have sex in the restrooms and making suggestive gestures.

The suit against Four Amigos Travel and Top Dog Travel Inc. was filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa late last week by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after two women brought the allegations to light. Four Amigos and Top Dog, which operate out of Largo, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, are high-volume telemarketers of Florida vacation packages. They are owned by Ronald Schlom. Company officials could not be reached Tuesday.

According to the lawsuit, the two named women, and possibly others, were harassed by Largo office general manager Derek May and eight sales managers almost daily. It includes the following allegations:

• At sales meetings, the general manager often led inappropriate discussions on such topics such as "how to please a woman."

• One sales manager, William Howell, pushed his body against a woman's while saying, "That was what I needed." Another sales manager, Ritchie Sandberg, put his knee between a female worker's legs and made a vulgar remark.

Two women, Kathleen Snow and Anne Patricia Matacchiero, resigned in 2008 and took their complaints to the commission, which investigated the allegations and found reasonable cause to pursue a case.

Largo travel company bosses accused of groping workers, suggestive gestures 05/31/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 9:07am]

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