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Napa Valley Country Club

Napa Valley Country Club.

J.L. Sousa, Register

Two women are suing Napa Valley Country Club on Hagen Road, alleging that their bosses sexually harassed them, discriminated against them and created a hostile work environment.

The former employees, Armida Zavala and Maria Vazquez, filed the suit against the club and two supervisors, Robert Eustaquio and Zoilan Ruiz, in Napa County Superior Court last month.

Representatives from Napa Valley Country Club refused to comment on the litigation and would not provide their lawyer’s contact information.

In the lawsuit, Zavala, who worked at the club from June 2015 until last April, said that she became terrified of her supervisor, Eustaquio, because he continuously insulted her in addition to grabbing her face, “throwing” kisses at her, caressing her arms and rubbing up against her while she prepared food. He told her that Mexicans were lazy and stupid, and that she was only good for washing dishes and preparing food, the suit alleges.

Eventually, at the beginning of this year, Ruiz, a supervising chef, also began harassing her, according to the suit. Ruiz allegedly called her his “love,” attempted to massage her, and, at least once, spanked her butt.

After she complained, Zavala’s hours were reduced from full time to part time and both supervisors started giving her the “cold shoulder,” the suit alleges. When she complained again, she was put on unpaid leave, according to the suit.

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Vasquez, who worked at the club between October 2015 and last January, had a similarly hostile work environment, the suit asserts. Vasquez was on disability from June until December 2016 and, when she returned, the suit alleges, Eustaquio started making snide comments in front of her, gave her the cold shoulder and altered her schedule.

When she complained, the human relations department allegedly told her that they did not want to discuss Eustaquio, so she felt she had no choice but to quit, according to the suit.

Zavala’s and Vazquez’s attorney, Mark L. Venardi of Venardi Zurada LLP in Walnut Creek, did not respond to media inquiries.

A case management conference is scheduled for Jan. 23.


Public Safety Reporter

Maria Sestito is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She covers breaking news as well as crime and courts. Maria came to the Napa Valley Register in 2015 after working at as a reporter and photographer at The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC.