Lisa Vanderpump’s Business Partner Comments on New Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed by Former Employee of Vanderpump Dogs Foundation

We’d also like to hear to Giggy’s thoughts on the matter…

A former groomer at Vanderpump Dogs, the dog rescue facility owned by Lisa Vanderpump, has filed a lawsuit against The Vanderpump Dogs Foundation — a move Lisa’s business partner is calling “unnecessary.”  

On Thursday, Dr. John Sessa told TooFab that the claims of sexual harassment and wrongful termination being made by Damiana Guzman, a former employee of the Foundation, were more or less unwarranted. 

“It’s a shame that someone who worked for the Foundation for less than 90 days would choose to sue or try to malign an organization whose sole purpose is dedicated to being a voice for the voiceless,” he said. “Working to resolve unnecessary cases like this just takes away from being able to save more lives.” 

In court documents filed by Damiana January 24 and obtained by Page Six, Damiana alleges that she was employed at Vanderpump Dogs as a groomer for two months and resigned in July 2019 “because of the intolerable working conditions created by her manager” and his superiors.

Damiana alleges that her manager “mocked [her] by calling her things such as a ‘skinny no-ass fool,’ and a ‘flat-ass bitch.’” She said he also told her he didn’t know how her girlfriend could stand being with her “because she had no ass” and that “he could turn her straight.” 

Damiana states in the documents that “not a day went by” that the manager didn’t comment on “[her] body, her sexual preference, or his sexual prowess.” Despite her complaints to higher-ups, she does not believe any disciplinary action was ever taken, therefore she felt her only choice was to resign. 

According to the lawsuit, Damiana is seeking damages. 

“We intend to continue to stand behind our client throughout the legal process,” her legal team told Page Six. 

This makes the second lawsuit to hit Lisa and/or one of her businesses in just as many months, as a former employee filed a class-action lawsuit against Lisa and Ken Todd last month for allegedly failing to pay minimum and overtime wages, failing to provide meal breaks (or compensation in lieu of breaks) and for violating California’s unfair compensation law at their restaurants.  

“This is why I prefer dogs to humans…”

An initial court date for the case has been set for March 13. 

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(Photos: Instagram; Bravo)

4 Responses

  1. That is pretty much the basis for VPR so I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true. Someone forgot that without producers feeding you lines for scripted scenes, then you have to act like a normal loser like the rest of us. Oh well. Hope it all works out for the best.

  2. This isn’t surprising. LVP seems to love the creeps who sexually harass their coworkers and subordinates. Anyone who watches the show knows that.

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