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Consumers Edge slapped with lawsuit after allowing convicted rapist sexually harass women

By Mason White 4:11 AM October 20, 2013
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By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A New York company is in hot water after allowing a convicted rapist harass female employees, according to a recently filed lawsuit.

A Brooklyn woman is suing her former employer for doing nothing when a coworker, who is a convicted rapist, sexually harassed her. The company also fired the woman when she continued to complain.

Beverly Markus, 55, who worked at Consumer Edge, a subsidiary of catalog shopping company DirectBuy, said that Namon Ates, 54, would say “you’re legs turn me on” and proposed “a quickie”, according to documents filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, on Friday.

Ates spent 21 years in prison for rape and was released in 2008.

Markus began wearing pants to avoid harassment, but was reprimanded by management because she did not “dress for success,” the lawsuit said.

Markus, of Dyker Heights, was kicked out from the company in September 2012 after she stormed out of the workplace because she was sexually harassed.

Shell Brandt , owner of the franchise, denied the allegations.

“I did not fire her. She left on her own,” he said. “She is not credible,” he added.