Fast fashion company Forever 21 is now facing a $2 million dollar lawsuit after an employee discovered footage of herself using a single, private employee bathroom being circulated on a handful of pornographic websites. The victim, identified only as Jane Doe, is accusing the company of negligence and invasion of privacy for failing to prevent a hidden camera from being installed in the restroom.
According to WWD, the federal complaint was filed in New York on Tuesday. Jane Doe reportedly worked at the Providence store while attending college in 2011.
It remains unclear at what point — if ever — the camera was discovered by brand employees. Court documents claim that the store was “negligently, recklessly and wantonly allowing a person(s), whose identity is unknown to plaintiff, to enter the employee locker room and the employee restroom, located in the store ... "[Forever 21] did not equip the employee locker room with any security system/security features to capture or keep a record of non-store employees and/or other unauthorized persons entering into the area designated as the employee locker room of the employee restroom."
Doe also says that finding video of herself “has caused, and will continue to cause, great emotional distress and embarrassment to plaintiff, according to the complaint."
Forever 21 has not released a statement on the matter. It remains unclear who installed the camera or whether Forever 21 had ever known of its existence or discovered it.
WWD notes that the issue of unauthorized recording in spaces where a person has a resonable expectation of privacy is handled on a state-by-state basis. Laws on the Federal level only cover a person's right to privacy from government agencies.
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