Melissa Joan Hart — this isn't true, is it??
The actress is being sued by a former employee at her Sherman Oaks candy shop, Sweet Harts, for wrongful termination and racial profiling!
In the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles and obtained by E! News, Shana Kharineh accuses the Melissa & Joey star and Sweet Harts of wrongful termination, discrimination based on race, retaliation against employee complaining of discrimination, failure to pay wages owed, failure to pay overtime wages, failure to provide meal periods, failure to provide rest periods, failure to pay minimum wage and unlawful business practices.
That. Sounds. Bad.
Here are some of the specifics of what Kharineh is saying happened:
The plaintiff alleges that unlike the store's white employees, Kharineh, who is African American, was given a special dress code based on her race and told not to wear black because "'black on black' did not look appropriate."
Kharineh also says that because the store was understaffed June 2011, she was forced to work in excess of 60 hours per week with no overtime pay and no breaks. The next month, she claims, her employers "berated and humiliated" her, criticizing her performance and relationship with her fellow employees and complaining that "when she bent over her underwear would show." She was fired in August and believes it's because of her race and her complaints about her working conditons.
If this is true, then that really sucks.
Don't wait until a wrongful termination to become a whistleblower like this! If it's been going on for a while, step up and say something to the proper channels! Things might go much smoother!
Either way, if it's true, the company should make it right. In or out of court.
What say you, Melissa??
[Image via WENN.]