Skateboard Shop Boss Abused Workers ... on Pot: Lawsuit

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The pot-smoking boss of a Santa Ana skate shop forced employees to pose for "sexually prurient" ads, work with "crude and questionably pornographic material" and, if they piped up about sexual harassment and drug use on the job, quit or be demoted, claims a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court.

One Distribution Co. and its Vice President of Global Brands Matt Fontana are named in the complaint brought by Deborah Pernice Knefe of Irvine's William M. Crosby, Barnes, Crosby, Fitzgerald & Zelman on behalf of three males and two females who used to work at the shop.

The suit seeks an unspecified amount for statutory damages and punitive damages for alleged wrongful termination, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, retaliation and failure to take effective remedial action.

"Fontana subjected the female employees at One Distribution to greater scrutiny, stricter standards and treated them less favorably than similarly situated males," reads the complaint. "Fontana compelled employees to 'pose' for sexually prurient prospective ads and to engage in work with inappropriate sexual content, advertising crude and questionable pornographic sexual material when the customer market for their work product is children (specifically boys) from the ages of 11 to 17 (primarily skating and skateboard apparel).

"Fontana's conduct was so offensive and inappropriate as to exceed the ordinary bounds of even the most relaxed and innovative creative workplace."

Lead plaintiff Ben Shipp claims he had to endure Fontana's second-hand marijuana smoke in the company's van during working hours--and that he was demoted after complaining about what he considered a "hostile" work environment. Shipp was later fired and some former co-workers were demoted or forced to resign when they protested his termination, according to the complaint.

Also identified in the legal action are ex-workers Mia Janson, Michelle Blaze and Mathew Mickel, who claim to have each complained "to the sham human resources officers and the company CEO Scott Bailey" about Fontana's abuse "to no avail." Cullen Poythress, the final plaintiff, says he quit due to an "intolerable hostile working environment."

Attempts to get a reaction to or comment about the suit from the company have so far failed, but this post will be updated should one come.

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Palmala Handerson
Palmala Handerson

nevermind - went to their website's news feed. I see the problem.

Palmala Handerson
Palmala Handerson

KR3W did drop off the map pretty fast after coming outta the blocks like a champ. Any more inside info on this Coker?

Fuckufontana
Fuckufontana

Matt Fontana also was hired by Alife to help manage the company and instead terrorized employees at the shop and stole 40k out of the bank account.

Seth
Seth

One Distribution is the parent company of KR3W and SUPRA it seems. They used to be cool, wonder what happened. Looks like Matt Fontana Happened

Rivington Street
Rivington Street

Matt Fontana was the GM at a NY clothing company I used to work at. WORST DUDE EVER! Knowing this guy was like having rotten milk for breakfast everyday. Glad He Is Getting His.

Darlene C. Matthews
Darlene C. Matthews

all the potheads against tobacco now to see anti smoking laws not only politically alienating smokers who are typically the poorest military disabled and minorities , but now all that anti poor smokers effort is poised to bite them in the butt. CHOMP.

Damnmacmail
Damnmacmail

CA says no smoke at the workplace  soon no smoking anywhere- that means potheads too .

Buttercup
Buttercup

 You should fit right in eh Dashboard Jesus? You could probably go on down and pick up an application...looks like everyone else who worked there walked away and sued the idiot.

Buttercup
Buttercup

" Attempts to get a reaction to or comment about the suit from the company have so far failed, but this post will be updated should one come." The guy's gotta drop the pipe to answer the phone...don't hold your breath waiting for that comment Matt.

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