New filings in West Alton Marina harassment lawsuits

In a new filing, attorneys for the West Alton Marina and its owner and former manager are asking that the sexual harassment and assault charges be dropped from state court. Four former marina employees claim in their complaints that they were victims of sexual harassment. , abuse and trial and error. Owner Brian Fortier and former manager John Murray are named in the lawsuits. In the new filing, attorneys for West Alton Marina, Fortier and Murray are asking a judge to move at least two of the lawsuits from state to federal court. They said the complaints relate to allegations of sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, which fall within the jurisdiction of federal courts. News 9 has contacted attorneys for the plaintiffs and defendants, but has not yet received a response. Fortier’s attorneys told News 9 that he denies the “standard allegations” against him. Separately, Fortier and Murray face criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage employee. It is unclear whether the prosecution is related to this criminal case.

In a new filing, attorneys for the West Alton Marina and its owner and former manager are asking that lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and assault be withdrawn from state court.

Four former marina workers allege in their complaints that they were victims of sexual harassment, abuse and groping. Owner Brian Fortier and former manager John Murray are named in the lawsuits.

In the new filing, attorneys for West Alton Marina, Fortier and Murray are asking a judge to move at least two of the lawsuits from state to federal court. They said the complaints relate to allegations of sexual harassment and hostile work environment, which fall within the jurisdiction of federal courts.

News 9 has contacted attorneys for the plaintiffs and defendants, but has not yet received a response. Fortier’s attorneys told News 9 that he denies the “standard allegations” against him.

Separately, Fortier and Murray face criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage employee. It is unclear whether the prosecution is related to this criminal case.

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