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Labor union president accused of sexual harassment

Posted at 5:55 PM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 22:33:37-04
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - One of the women accusing a labor union leader of discriminating against her then firing her, used his public appearance today in mission valley as her chance to try to come face-to-face with her former boss.
 
Anabel Arauz held her sign high, trying to get the attention of her former boss.
 
"He doesn't come out. He'll stay in there. I haven't seen him. He'll avoid us. He won't come out," she said.
 
Arauz stood with other former employees and supporters, protesting UFCW Local 135 President, Mickey Kasparian.
 
"Mickey should just step aside," said Arauz.
 
She claimed Kasparian fired her in March after showing support for two other women who came forward, accusing him of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
 
"And now that I'm speaking out, people are making it seem like I'm some crazy, disgruntled employee but I'm not. I'm airing out exactly what it was like to work in there," she said.
 
The three women, now filing lawsuits against the labor union.
 
Arauz, for gender discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
 
"For standing up for my values and for the right thing is why I got fired, is what I think," said Arauz.
 
Another woman's complaint claimed Kasparian demanded sexual favors in his office.
 
Arauz also accused Kasparian of calling women explicit names.
 
"He bullies people. He likes to intimidate people," she said.
 
When we asked Kasparian for a statement on today's protestors and their accusations, he did not want to comment, citing pending litigation.
 
But outside, Arauz had a message for the man she said she once trusted.
 
"Step aside, let this process go. When and if you're proven innocent then come back."