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Francis Named in Sexual Harassment Suit

7/2/2007 9:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joe FrancisA former employee of Mantra Films and Girls Gone Wild has filed a lawsuit against the two companies -- along with Joe Francis and another individual -- claiming sexual harassment, sexual battery and various unfair business practices. Employers gone wild?!

Tranae Hammond claims that shortly after she began working for Mantra Films and Girls Gone Wild, she was the victim of repeated acts of sexual harassment by a supervisor named Ron (she doesn't know his last name). According to court papers filed today, those acts included touching and massaging of her shoulders and arms, frequent conversations about sex in front of her, and on at least one occasion, Ron allegedly "tapped [Hammond's] buttocks with a clipboard."

Hammond alleges that after she made claims of sexual harassment, she was subjected to a "hostile environment" and was eventually terminated.

Francis is not accused of any direct sexual harassment, but rather he "improperly managed, controlled and dominated Mantra Films, Inc. and Girls Gone Wild as his alter ego, agent and instrumentality." Smack THAT!

The suit also makes class action claims of failure to pay overtime, failure to provide required meal and rest periods and failure to maintain required records.

A rep for Francis did not immediately return calls for comment.

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dan23z    

very

2607 days ago
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dan23z    

bad

2607 days ago
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Janice    

Oh Well.........Life cathes up to you when you are having fun

2607 days ago
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Just the Facts    

Are you kidding me? She worked for Girls Gone Wild. Of course there was talk about sex; it's a porn company. Enough with the frivolous lawsuits.

2607 days ago
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Terry    

How hard can it be to find the guys last name?
Notice the suit is open to other employees also. Keep your wallet out Joe.

2607 days ago
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Puh-lease    

She was working for a pornographer. What exactly did she think was going to happen?

2607 days ago
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britstarr from mississippi    

he is a total ass!! one of paris hilton;s buddies !! for all the young girls he has exploited he needs to do some serious time !!another one who has his ego up in the air maybe he can do a new video "bad boysdoing me in my cell block and I love it !!!

2607 days ago
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asteadyrain    

I find it somewhat disturbing that a number of people seem to think that it is impossible to sexually harass someone who works for a pornographer (sounds like the old "you can't rape a prostitute" bull). Do the people who think that her complaints aren't valid actually believe that a woman who works at a porn company should expect to be groped by her superiors? I'm not saying that her lawsuit has merit, obviously I don't know all the details behind the case. But if her claims are true, then it's sexual harassment, plain and simple.

2607 days ago
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Cynic    

One thing I love about TMZ is how they always post photos of Joe Francis that show what a complete and utter tool he is.

Lindsay Lohan needs to drive off a 1000-foot cliff, with Joe Francis locked in the damn trunk.

2607 days ago
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Rosie    

Why won't this guy just OD already, damn!

2607 days ago
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jenna    

.....and WHAT was she expecting when she took a job working for "Girls Gone Wild?" Give me a break...that's like getting a job at a strip club and then complaining when you get groped....it goes along with the territory. This woman sounds like a gold digging opportunist.

2607 days ago
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Jen (the REAL one)    

Shocking, really.

2607 days ago
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meltz11    

poor little whore....

2607 days ago
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anonymous    

uh probably happened but when you sue you should get the dude's LAST NAME, and this chick has to be clueless..............

2607 days ago
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SinCity    

I hope they scr*w it to Joe Francis every which way they can - from every angle.

2607 days ago
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