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Travel Leaders Group, one of the largest U.S.-based travel agencies and consortia, has settled a lawsuit against the company alleging sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. The terms were not disclosed.
Travel Leaders Group issued the following statement:
“The Parties resolved all of the claims brought by former TLG employee Mabelle “Mai” Meyaart. The pending case was dismissed without any finding of wrongdoing by Travel Leaders Group or its employees. The Parties have no further comment.”
Meyaart previously sought a jury trial and monetary relief.
The defendants included Travel Leaders Group; Ninan Chacko, CEO; and John Lovell, president of Travel Leaders Network and Leisure Group. Plaintiff Meyaart alleged in her complaint that Chacko and Lovell unfairly denied her advancement within the company, especially after Meyaart consistently rejected Lovell’s alleged repeated sexual advances, lewd comments, and propositions for sex.
The parties didn’t release any terms of the settlement, and Travel Leaders said they have no further comment. The case has been dismissed in light of the settlement.
Meyaart initially filed the suit in Florida state court, and it moved to a federal court in West Palm Beach, Florida, a few weeks later.
The lawsuit came on the heels of misconduct allegations against Steve Wynn, founder of Wynn Resorts, who was forced out of the company over sexual harassment claims and a settlement.
The wider Me Too movement also offers some context, in which women are increasingly going public with their stories of harassment and discrimination in many industries, including government, restaurants, and entertainment.
Here is the order of dismissal: