A PointsBet employee has sued the online sports betting company over claims she was sexually harassed by her supervisor and horny male clients who dubbed her the ‘new Paige Sprianac’.
Caroline Weeks, 25, joined as a senior player development manager in January 2022 and said she was ‘consistently subjected to romantic advances comments about her physical appearance, and unwanted physical touching’ by her boss.
Bart DiNardo, syndicatedbk.com former director of loyalty at PointsBet, was ‘aggressively’ flirty, touched her ‘in a suggestive and inappropriate manor’ and sent her ‘inappropriate’ messages on Snapchat, according to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal Court on September 15.
She said she reported him to PointsBet’s chief people officer, Amanda Anderson, and claimed the company terminated his contract after she provided ‘incriminating’ text messages.
Weeks also said she was propositioned by customers and one drunken client repeatedly tried to touch her at a company event in an Atlantic City casino. Dailymail.com has contacted PointsBet, DiNardo and Weeks for comment.
Former PointsBet employee Caroline Weeks, 25, has sued the online sports betting company over claims she was sexually harassed by her supervisor https://icecasino-win.cz/ and horny male clients
She joined in January 2022 and said she was ‘consistently subjected to romantic advances comments about her physical appearance, and unwanted physical touching’ by her boss Bart DiNardo (pictured), former director of loyalty at PointsBet
Weeks claimed PointsBet took no action to stop the harassment she faced which included being dubbed the ‘new Paige Sprianac’ (pictured) by clients
Weeks quit her job at PointsBet after 10 months is seeking unspecified damages
In the lawsuit, Weeks said the company took no action to stop the harassment and she quit 10 months into the job. She is seeking unspecified damages for ’emotional damages suffered’.
She alleged that DiNardo harassed her during a company outing for all the Northeast Player Development Managers in New York City.
‘Mr DiNardo, again belligerently drunk, was aggressively flirting with Ms Weeks,’ the court document stated.
‘During the evening, Mr DiNardo physically touched Ms Weeks in a suggestive and inappropriate manor, tried to hold her hand, attempted to spin her around to dance, and was hanging over her shoulder seductively.’
She added that her other supervisor deliberately sat in between her and DiNardo during dinner to ‘create a boundary’ for her.
Weeks said the other supervisor ‘apologized for Mr DiNardo’s unprofessional behavior after ending the evening early to put Mr DiNardo into a cab home’.
DiNardo ‘received no warnings or reprimands for his inappropriate and sexually harassing conduct’ at the event, according to the lawsuit.
Weeks said he sent her ‘messages on Snapchat [that] were inappropriate and that he was propositioning her sexually’.
She claimed he sent her other messages she did not open and which were later deleted from her inbox.
‘Mr DiNardo continued texting saying “How bout we start with dinner” and “did I win creep of the year yet”,’ the lawsuit claimed.
Weeks said DiNardo was let go after she reported her experience to the company’s Chief People Officer, Amanda Anderson and provided ‘incriminating’ text messages.
‘PointsBet did terminate Mr DiNardo, as they should have; however, as her supervisor, PointsBet is strictly liable for his conduct,’ the lawsuit stated.
‘Additionally, PointsBet knew of DiNardo’s sexually harassing behavior months prior and took no remedial actions until Ms Weeks presented them with incriminating text messages.’
Weeks also said she was routinely propositioned by customers and that one drunken client repeatedly tried to touch her at a company event in an Atlantic City Ice Casino.
She claimed he followed her around for almost an hour before police intervened.
‘I broke down that evening,’ she told The New York Post. ‘I felt completely alone in that moment and my privacy was just utterly forgotten about.’
She said clients immediately began coming onto her shortly after taking the job with some asking her to take selfies.
Others would make comments including ‘You got this job because you’re hot’ and ‘So, you’re like the new Paige Spiranac’.
Weeks claimed DiNardo was ‘aggressively’ flirty, touched her ‘in a suggestive and inappropriate manor’ and sent her ‘inappropriate’ messages on Snapchat , according to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal Court on September 15
Weeks said clients immediately began coming onto her shortly after taking the job with some groping her, trying to kiss her and others making inappropriate comments
‘It was scary, when you’re dealing with intoxicated men who are much bigger than you and older than you,’ Weeks said.
‘I think people who don’t understand the word “no” are dangerous people.’
The former employee claimed the wagering company did not do anything to stop the harassment.
She alleges another customer tried to kiss her after a business dinner, in the court documents.
He managed to get her home address and ‘sent her a dozen roses, in an unwanted and creepy attempt at a romantic gesture’, according to the lawsuit.
Another client allegedly made a distasteful joke on the golf course and said: ‘If I get the ball in the hole, Caroline gives me a b***job.’
But she said the company were ‘completely dismissive of her complaints regarding PointsBet’s clients.’
‘PointsBet did not take measures to end the sexual harassment that Ms Weeks was forced to endure by clients and prospective clients.’
Weeks said: ‘I think you’d be a fool to think that I deserved sex harassment based on the images I share on social media.
‘It’s not OK — a real man would know that.’
Weeks also said she was propositioned by customers and one drunken client repeatedly tried to touch her at a company event in an Atlantic City casino
Weeks, who is from Connecticut and has almost 32,000 Instagram followers, insisted she has no problem with Spiranac (pictured)- a former professional golfer with 3.9 million Instagram followers
Spiranac has taken part in adverts for PointsBet
Her lawyer Rachel Haskell, a partner at the Working Solutions Law Firm, added ‘You don’t surrender your rights to be free of sexual harassment,’ by posting on social media.
She told Dailymail.com: ‘The sexual harassment Ms. Weeks faced while employed at PointsBet is detailed in her federal complaint.
‘It is her hope that by coming forward about her experiences as a woman in the sports betting industry that women who work in this industry in the future will find a workplace free from sexual harassment.’
A spokesman for PointsBet said it had a ‘a zero-tolerance policy with regard to harassment and we take these matters very seriously’ but did not want to comment further.
Weeks, who is from Connecticut and has almost 32,000 Instagram followers, has no problem with Spiranac – a former professional golfer with 3.9 million Instagram followers who has fronted adverts for PointsBet.
‘With Paige, she chooses to monetize her image, her personality, and body. I get it. She has the looks and she chose to run with it,’ she said.
‘Me, however, I have a completely different job. I wasn’t there to be a glamorized poster girl for the job, I was there to do a job and do it professionally. . . . My job was to not to get a flirt on with clients.’