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Porn shop worker sues boss after customers keep having sex in store

Porn shop worker sues boss after customers keep having sex in store

A porn shop manager successfully sued her employer for unemployment benefits because customers kept having sex in store.

Acacia Williams quit over fears for her health after Romantix in Iowa City unblocked glory holes drilled into the walls of private video booths, where visitors can pay to watch porn.

The holes – which allow customers in neighboring booths to have anonymous sex – were covered with sheet metal in April 2017 in response to an outbreak of hepatitis.

Acacia Williams successfully sued Romantix because their reinstallation of glory holes in the face of an ongoing hepatitis scare compromised her and her customers’ health (Picture: Acacia Williams/Instagram)

The scare, which originated in the Romantix chain’s home state of Colorado, was partly-blamed on customers having risky sex in such establishments.

But despite the warning, the barrier was removed just ten months later, the Des Moines Register reported.

Williams, 24, said that decision also left her fearing for her customers’ wellbeing, but Romantix refused her unemployment benefits.

They said their ex-employee’s decision to resign meant that she was not entitled to them.

However, on Thursday it was revealed that a judge had ruled she was correct to do so for the sake of her ‘safety and morals.’

Explaining her decision to quit, Williams said: ‘My biggest concern was (the customers’) health.

‘I’m very sex-positive. Whatever people do, as long as they are consenting adults, that’s cool, they can do that.

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‘But in situations like this, a lot of people are very uninformed about the different types of risks, specifically with regard to sexually transmitted infections and communicable diseases.

‘Given that my job was as much about education as it was retail, I did feel responsible for my customers.’

Williams’ resigned from this branch of Romantix after the glory holes were unblocked in February this year, ten months after they’d been covered up with sheet metal (Picture: Google Maps)

Williams complained to Romantix after the barrier was removed while she was on vacation in February this year, citing the health risk it posed to everyone who came into the store.

Whenever bosses told her the glory holes were staying, she gave two weeks notice.

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Ruling in favor of Williams, Administrative Law Judge Christine Louis said Romantix had ‘implemented structural changes that allow, if not encourage, anonymous sexual encounters to take place in its store.

‘This can lead to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and infections, as noted by the Colorado Department of Health.

‘(Williams) is opposed to the structural change for safety and ethical reasons. The structural changes jeopardize (her) safety and morals.’

Romantix declined to comment on the ruling.