Manager of upscale NYC cosmetics store Bluemercury is sued after he ‘kept a naked photo of his employee that she mistakenly sent to him – then shared it with the boss and made jokes about her’
- According to a lawsuit, Mark Morta received the image of Sydney Puppo in 2019
- He was the manager of Bluemercury on First Avenue in Manhattan at the time
- Suit says Puppo mistakenly sent him a naked photo meant for her boyfriend
- Her suit alleges that Morta kept image and shared it with her supervisor, Natalie Norman, who is also being sued, for reportedly harassing Puppo about the image
The manager of an upscale skincare store in New York kept a naked photo of an employee, who accidentally sent it to him, and shared it with her supervisor, a new lawsuit has alleged.
According to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Mark Morta received the image of Sydney Puppo in November 2019.
Puppo and Morta were working at Bluemercury on First Avenue in Manhattan at the time, according to New York Daily News.
A lawsuit alleges that former Bluemercury (file image) manager, Mark Morta, kept a naked photo of his employee, Sydney Puppo, after she mistakenly sent him the image, and sent it to her supervisor, Natalie Norman, who is also being sued
Morta was the manager of the business when he received the photo from Puppo who says it was meant for her boyfriend, according to the suit.
The suit claims that Puppo ‘immediately advised Morta that it was an accident and that it was not meant for him’.
Despite the clarification, Puppo has alleged that Morta kept the image and even sent it to her supervisor, Natalie Norman, who is also being sued.
Puppo’s lawyer Eric Baum told the Daily News that his client was ‘subjected to sexual harassment’.
‘She has brought a case against Bluemercury to redress the harm it has caused her and to ensure that the company creates policies and training to prevent this type of conduct from happening to anyone else,’ Baum said.
Morta and Norman no longer work at the Bluemercury location.
The lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday, alleged that Norman ridiculed Puppo over the photo.
According to the suit, Norman engaged in a months-long campaign of abuse and gender discrimination and harassment.
‘The conduct was unwanted, harmful and offensive,’ the suit says.
Puppo reportedly didn’t engage with Norman and in return ‘Norman retaliated by writing Ms Puppo up’.
The filing alleges that Puppo reported the incidents to company executives who ignored her claims, leading to her resignation.
According to Daily News, Puppo is also suing Bluemercury’s CEO and founder, Marla Beck.
Beck sold Bluemercury, which she founded in 1999, to Macy’s in 2015 for $210million.