The judge in a lawsuit against Walt Disney World has decided the case of Xonia Book vs Walt Disney World must be split into two separate cases. Book, a plainclothes operative is suing Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for the second time and suing the Walt Disney World security director, Melissa Merklinger.
Disney had originally requested this split according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Book, a Colombian native, originally sued Walt Disney World in 2014 citing discrimination by her managers, she lost that case. She is now claiming that Disney has retaliated against her for the original suit. This is will be one part of her lawsuit.
In what Disney is calling an entirely separate set of allegations, Book claims that Melissa Merklinger, Disney World security director, assaulted and battered her, grabbing her and attempting to kiss her on the mouth at a company event last year. Book also filed a complaint with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office who forwarded the complaint to the State Attorney’s Office, they declined to prosecute.
In a motion Disney claims the two lawsuits are two separate issues, there would be different witnesses and theories.
“The inclusion of these claims in the same action will only make the action longer than necessary and serve to confuse a jury hearing such unrelated claims,”
A Disney spokeswoman said there are no merits to the lawsuit and Merklinger was unavailable for comment.
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