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Lawsuit against Audrey’s Cafe dismissed



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, February 21, 2019 11:36AM

A lawsuit filed against Audrey’s Cafe in Dublin by two former employees has been settled out of court.

On Feb. 8, the U.S. District Court dismissed the case, which alleged the two employees had been discriminated against based on age and gender.

The dismissal followed a filing by the case’s defendants, Audrey’s owner Malaise Lindenfeld and Ann Connor, who had been hired to manage and provide consultation for Lindenfeld’s businesses, including Audrey’s. The filing requested the dismissal of the case, as “The matter has been resolved.”

Plaintiffs Stephanie Plante and her mother Karen Berthiaume, both former staff at Audrey’s, sued the cafe after they were terminated on March 9, 2015. The women claim they were fired for objecting to a new T-shirt uniform for being too revealing, and requesting a more modestly fitted uniform, according to court documents. The two also alleged Lindenfeld had made several comments on staff’s physical appearance and wanting “younger” “hipper” employees.

In court documents, Lindenfeld denied making such comments, and responded that Plante and Berthiaume had been terminated “for poor performance, among other things.”

Plante, Berthiaume and Lindenfeld did not return messages for comment Wednesday.

The case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning the plaintiffs cannot bring the same claim again.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.