A representative of a T-Mobile store in Fort Worth, Texas has filed a lawsuit against the company for gender discrimination after an HR team member inappropriately questioned her about having an OnlyFans account.
Caitlyn Stevens had been working at T-Mobile for nearly seven years when a male colleague became angry with her for how she handled a customer interaction, the complaint said. He approached her “in a physically aggressive manager”, forcing a colleague to intervene and prevent the man from beating her.
Stevens reported the incident to the store manager. Instead of punishing the male colleague who allegedly tried to hurt her, the manager moved Stevens to another location, according to the complaint. The location received less foot traffic, resulting in fewer sales for employees, Stevens says. “I didn’t think it was fair that I went to a slower location based on what had just happened,” she explained in an interview with The edge.
When Stevens filed a complaint with HR, a man on the team called her and began asking questions about her personal life, including “whether she had a sugar daddy and whether she had an OnlyFans account.” Stevens was shocked. “I immediately started crying,” she says The edge. “I told him I wasn’t comfortable and he kept asking the questions.”
According to Stevens, the male HR rep said “we heard you have an OnlyFans account, is that true?” Then he added: “We’ve heard that people have seen nude photos of you.”
Stevens says the questions felt offensive. “I felt sexually harassed, I felt uncomfortable,” she says. “The nature of the questions, when I literally report a physical attack, is not okay.”
Stevens’ attorney, Vincent White, a partner at White, Hilferty and Albanese, says the incident shows T-Mobile siding with Stevens’ male colleague over her. “T-Mobile chose to stand next to a man who had a history of workplace violence, over a woman who performed well at the company for seven years,” it said in a statement. “Caitlyn Stevens’ personal life had nothing to do with retail activities, while threatening co-workers with violence hinders the productivity and well-being of the entire workplace.”
This is not the first time a woman has been shamed or retaliated for having an OnlyFans account. In April 2020, BuzzFeed News reported that an Indiana mechanic was fired from her job after her bosses found out she was doing amateur porn on OnlyFans outside of work. In December 2020, the New York Post tried to get an EMT making ends meet through OnlyFans (which is the New York Post tried to do failed – the publication was widely criticized for “someone was offended just for trying to make a living” according to rolling stone). The incidents indicate how far some companies will try to control the lives of their employees, while also refusing to pay people enough to allow them to maintain a single revenue stream.
Stevens turned down a settlement to talk about what happened. “I think she has taken a much more difficult path here, but she realizes that this is indicative of a broader trend that many women are facing and has a strong preference for changing the culture by telling her story,” says Ariella Steinhorn, founder of Lioness Strategies, a communications firm assisting in Stevens’ case.
Stevens has taken medical leave due to the stress of the situation.
T-Mobile did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The edge.