An Equinox receptionist who spoke about an alleged hammam masturbator in his Wall Street gym said he was fired for publicizing the vulgar touching incident.
“I am banned because I spoke,” accuses Michael Alexander, 27, who says he was fired on Friday for reporting his May 21 meeting with high-profile litigator Steven Hammond, 65.
Alexander says he was off duty at the gym and alone in the steam room with Hammond when the white-shoe lawyer allegedly watched him for 15 seconds and started to indulge himself.
âHe looked at me again, deducing, ‘Let’s do it,’ Alexander said. His own reaction: ‘Ugh!
Hammond was arrested for public obscenity, but called Alexander’s claim “complete fabrication.”
Equinox officials escorted the front desk worker out of the gym earlier this week, asking The Post to tell her story about her allegations, Alexander said.
Equinox, which is criticized for allegedly ignoring the hammam shenanigans, denied the allegation that they branded him “disgruntled” and accused him of failing to follow the company’s public relations protocols, did he declare. âWhile it is evident that Equinox does not continually take any action to protect its members from sexual assault, it is even more unreasonable for them to fire one of their own employees for claiming to have been a victim of the same sex crime. alleged they cover up on several occasions, âsaid Alexander’s attorney, Marc Held.
Alexander accused his supervisors of dissuading him from reporting the incident and failing to cooperate with the police after filing a complaint.
âI really wanted to grow into this business before that happened,â he said. âThey didn’t do anything to help me. They did nothing to help the policeman.
“We are not unequivocally terminating employees for speaking to the media,” said a spokesperson.