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On June 15, 2021, the Kennedy Hunt, P.C. filed suit in the Circuit Court of St. Francois County, Missouri against Functional Esthetics Dental Lab, Inc. for discrimination on the basis of sex. The lawsuit alleges Doug Frye, the owner and president of Functional Esthetics, subjected our client to sexual harassment and created a hostile work environment. 

 

Our client began working at Functional Esthetics in 2006 as a dental technician. In 2011, Frye began to make uncomfortable inquiries about our client’s intimate relationships and asked her what sexual positions she liked.

 

That same year, our client left Functional Esthetics for a job with higher pay. In 2013, our client moved out of the Farmington area. 

 

Our client moved back to Farmington in 2016. After seeing Frye at a funeral, our client agreed to return to Functional Esthetics because she was struggling to find work and as a single mother, she was in a difficult situation financially. 

 

In 2018, Frye began sexually harassing our client on a constant basis. He harassed her in person at work as well as over Facebook messages and texts. For example, in March 2018, Frye sent Plaintiff a text message referring to her chest as “dinner bags.” 

 

Throughout the summer of 2018, Frye sent our client even more aggressive messages. “Absolutely love you, knowing a permanent relationship will never happen. Just BLESSED for what time we can have together,” and, “Please let’s just see WTF happens.” 

 

As the summer continued, Frye’s harassment escalated. For example, Frye sent our client messages about her “nice boobs” and a photograph of a woman in a bathing suit with extremely large breasts.

 

In addition to the messages, Frye told our client he was the reason she made $16 an hour and not less. He also told our client,  “I have a $2 million company. I could take care of you.”

 

Throughout 2018 and into 2019, Frye asked our client inappropriate questions, such as if she “liked anal” and if she “still got wet.” When our client refused Frye’s advancements, Frye told her, “P.S. your [sic] all that in my books. Accept a compliment and love your boss.”

 

On multiple occasions, Frye gave our client  unwanted hugs and kisses on the cheek before leaving at the end of the work day.

 

On July 17, 2019, Frye sent Plaintiff a photograph of a naked woman with candy on her private parts and a man with a full face of candy. Plaintiff could not even inquire about her schedule without being subjected to harassment. On July 18, 2019, Plaintiff asked Frye when he needed her at work. Frye responded, “Sexually? 6 months ago.”

 

By late summer of 2019, our client began having panic attacks because of the constant harassment she faced from Frye, both at work and over the phone. 

 

This case is ongoing. For more information, contact attorney MaryAnne Quill at mquill@kennedyhuntlaw.comIf you or someone you know has been a victim of employment issues, our skilled attorneys at Kennedy Hunt, P.C. may be able to help you. Fill out a questionnaire so we can understand your claim.