Sexual Harassment And Bankruptcy: How One Can Easily Lead To The Other

Bikram Choudhury Yoga, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after losing a number of sexual harassment and assault lawsuits.

The organization, which flourished from the 1970s through the 2000s, once had a net worth of $75 million. Now, the organization is bankrupt. In its appeal for bankruptcy protection, the organization listed more than $16 million in legal judgments owed primarily for verdicts in lawsuits accusing the founder, Choudhury, of sexual assault.

The organization owes an additional $5.1 million to one of its former attorneys, who sued after the organization it terminated her, allegedly for reporting workplace sexual misconduct. According to the former attorney's lawsuit, Choudhury held meetings in his bedroom, called people "bitches" and "white trash," and received oral sex from a yoga instructor in her presence.

Another woman won six million dollars in her sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and wrongful termination lawsuit against the founder in 2016. She alleged that Choudhury repeatedly sexually harassed her while she worked for him and then terminated her when she started investigating charges that he raped one of his students.

Six other women have filed sexual assault lawsuits against the founder, and five of those women accuse him of rape. Amy Lamare "Bikram Yoga Files For Bankruptcy In Wake Of Founder's Sex Scandal," (Nov. 19, 2017).


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