Nathan Reardon businesses face hostile working environment lawsuit

Editor’s note: Some parts of this story may be disturbing to some readers.A hostile work environment lawsuit is another legal challenge for a Maine businessman already facing a federal trial for alleged paycheck protection program fraud. Nathan Reardon is accused by a former personal assistant of making unwanted sexual advances. It’s a claim his businesses have taken legal action to counter. According to the lawsuit, the alleged conduct occurred in late 2017. The complaint was filed in Kennebec Superior Court in 2020 by the former employee and the Maine Human Rights Commission.They’re suing Ultimate Equity Holdings and Membership Auto in Bangor, two of Reardon’s businesses.Neither entity is currently doing business. According to the lawsuit, the behavior occurred shortly after the assistant started. The lawsuit states, one of the plaintiff’s duties while working for Reardon was to give him massages.It’s a task the employee said she didn’t object to. However, in a text exchange the assistant claims after discussing at-home massages, Reardon texted, “what do we do if I get aroused you are a beautiful woman.” The assistant, according to the complaint, responded, “I appreciate your honesty and compliment. In my experience though… I end up with the short end of the stick and broke / jobless… ”Last week, 8 Investigates reported two businesses run by Reardon, Global Disruptive Technologies, and Taco Shack Restaurants, have been cited by the Maine Department of Labor for 698 wage violations over the last two years. Neither of those businesses is operating. RELATED: Nathan Reardon facing federal PPP fraud charges also has history of wage violationsReardon is slated to stand trial beginning June 7 for separate allegations of paycheck protection program fraud. Federal prosecutors accuse Reardon of obtaining a nearly $ 60,000 loan in the early stages of the pandemic but using much of the money for personal expenses.Those funds are intended for business and payroll expenses.Reardon pleaded not guilty. In Somerset County, Reardon was indicted by a grand jury last fall. He was charged with theft of services. RELATED: Nathan Reardon faces theft of services charges in SomersetReardon is accused of failing to pay multiple contractors hired to work on a building in Skowhegan in a timely fashion. Reardon pleaded not guilty. His attorneys for both cases did not respond to a request for comment. The hostile working environment lawsuit states as a result of the conduct, the plaintiff says she had no choice but to leave her job. It seeks damages not to exceed $ 20,000. Reardon’s companies have countersued, denying the allegations, and claiming defamation. They are seeking damages of at least $ 250,000. The former employee and the Maine Human rights Commission answered the counterclaim by asserting her account was true and have asked the court to dismiss the countersuit and award the employee damages. The companies’ attorney in the lawsuit did not respond to a request for comment. The court docket shows that the attorney recently withdrew from the case. Reardon has declined to speak with us.

Editor’s note: Some parts of this story may be disturbing to some readers.

A hostile work environment lawsuit is another legal challenge for a Maine businessman already facing a federal trial for alleged paycheck protection program fraud.

Nathan Reardon is accused by a former personal assistant of making unwanted sexual advances. It’s a claim his businesses have taken legal action to counter.

According to the lawsuit, the alleged conduct occurred in late 2017. The complaint was filed in Kennebec Superior Court in 2020 by the former employee and the Maine Human Rights Commission.

They’re suing Ultimate Equity Holdings and Membership Auto in Bangor, two of Reardon’s businesses.

Neither entity is currently doing business.

According to the lawsuit, the behavior occurred shortly after the assistant started. The lawsuit states, one of the plaintiff’s duties while working for Reardon was to give him massages.

It’s a task the employee said she didn’t object to.

However, in a text exchange the assistant claims after discussing at-home massages, Reardon texted, “what do we do if I get aroused [emoji of two eyes looking up] you are a beautiful woman. ”

The assistant, according to the complaint, responded, “I appreciate your honesty and compliment. In my experience though… I end up with the short end of the stick and broke / jobless… ”

Last week, 8 Investigates reported two businesses run by Reardon, Global Disruptive Technologies, and Taco Shack Restaurants, have been cited by the Maine Department of Labor for 698 wage violations over the last two years. Neither of those businesses is operating.

RELATED: Nathan Reardon facing federal PPP fraud charges also has history of wage violations

Reardon is slated to stand trial beginning June 7 for separate allegations of paycheck protection program fraud. Federal prosecutors accuse Reardon of obtaining a nearly $ 60,000 loan in the early stages of the pandemic but using much of the money for personal expenses.

Those funds are intended for business and payroll expenses.

Reardon pleaded not guilty.

In Somerset County, Reardon was indicted by a grand jury last fall. He was charged with theft of services.

RELATED: Nathan Reardon faces theft of services charges in Somerset

Reardon is accused of failing to pay multiple contractors hired to work on a building in Skowhegan in a timely fashion. Reardon pleaded not guilty. His attorneys for both cases did not respond to a request for comment.

The hostile working environment lawsuit states as a result of the conduct, the plaintiff says she had no choice but to leave her job. It seeks damages not to exceed $ 20,000.

Reardon’s companies have countersued, denying the allegations, and claiming defamation. They are seeking damages of at least $ 250,000.

The former employee and the Maine Human rights Commission answered the counterclaim by asserting her account was true and have asked the court to dismiss the countersuit and award the employee damages.

The companies’ attorney in the lawsuit did not respond to a request for comment. The court docket shows that the attorney recently withdrew from the case.

Reardon has declined to speak with us.

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