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Shipley responds to harassment allegations

Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter-accusations.

The sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the owner of Shipley Do-Nuts this month is the latest in an ongoing legal fight between the doughnut maker and other former workers over an alleged fraud scheme.

Three women claim Lawrence Shipley III routinely groped them and used racial slurs for Hispanics in a lawsuit filed in Harris County district court earlier this month.

He has flatly denied those allegations, and says the women are retaliating against his company after it fired a former plant manager for allegedly steering more than $1 million worth of contracts to distribution companies he owned.

Shipley sued Julian Garcia, the plant manager, for the alleged fraud scheme in September.

“These people were employed and cared for by my family for over 20 years,” Lawrence Shipley wrote last week. “What they are doing now is nothing more than hateful retaliation for becoming corrupt, entitled and self-serving.”

Murphy Klasing, who is representing Shipley Do-Nuts, said he was unsure of exactly what roles Esmeralda Sanchez, Martha Garcia and Elizabeth Peralta played in Julian Garcia’s alleged scheme.

See here for the background. I don’t see any reason to believe Shipley’s claims about his accusers, but one way or another the story will come out. In the meantime, I’m still not buying any of his donuts.

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4 Comments

  1. Flypusher says:

    “Murphy Klasing, who is representing Shipley Do-Nuts, said he was unsure of exactly what roles Esmeralda Sanchez, Martha Garcia and Elizabeth Peralta played in Julian Garcia’s alleged scheme.”

    If your own lawyer isn’t even up to date on your defense strategy, you just may be not all that credible.

  2. C.L. says:

    Kuff, certainly there are other donut options by your and my home in the Heights, but you may have fallen prey to something here… absent a trial and a Court’s determination, you’ve chosen to believe the plaintiff and not the defendant, or the defendant and not the plaintiff. I suspect neither you nor I know the full truth of what’s going on with Shipleys – may be way too soon to be passing (arm chair Sunday quarterback/shade tree mechanic) judgment.

  3. CL, based on what has been reported and on Lawrence Shipley’s public comments, I find these allegations to be credible. I may change my mind based on further revelations, and I may moderate my response based on how Shipley (the person and the company) behaves from here. For now, I’m fine with where I am on this.

  4. Bill Daniels says:

    I wonder how Shipley getting caught with all those illegal alien workers factors into things for you guys. The left supports illegal aliens, so it seems like Shipley should be lauded for hiring all those illegal aliens they got caught with, right? You could almost say that Shipley was providing sanctuary for illegal alien workers, which is a good thing.