Federal lawsuit filed against Wexford life insurance company

A federal civil lawsuit of more than 50 pages has been filed against a Wexford life insurance company, Arias Agencies, and some of its leaders.

An agent is suing the company for alleged fraud, sexual assault, harassment and use of illegal drugs.

Channel 11 has learned that many more employees are also planning to sue.

In the lawsuit, a current employee claims it is a “hostile, toxic, cultic work environment.”

Her lawyer said she was forced to participate in prayer sessions and even had to go to the gym at certain times with her co-workers.

Amy Williamson, Attorney 11:11 “There are a lot of restrictions on her personal life,” said attorney Amy Williamson. “For example, my client was not allowed to cut her hair when she wanted to. They have to have a certain look, they have to be involved in the same belief system that management has.”

The lawsuit also alleges that some male leaders drugged female employees without their knowledge with a date rape drug.

Court paperwork also says that during work meetings, a manager exposed his private area. He also sent workers nude photos and insisted on one-on-one meetings in his car and demanded sexual favors in exchange for promotions.

“It is shocking. I can’t figure out how they keep working,” Williamson said.

The lawyer said that it has been a traumatic experience for her client.

“It is life changing. It still is,” Williamson said. “He fears for his safety every day.”

His client also alleges “unethical and fraudulent business practices,” including forging customer signatures and charging customers without their consent.

“It’s common practice for agents to use private information from former or deceased customers, such as driver’s license bank account numbers and social security numbers, to write new policies so they can meet their sales quota or get their bonuses.” Williamson said.

The lawyer said a dozen other employees have filed similar allegations and more lawsuits will be filed.

Arias Agencies spokeswoman Trina Orlando said: “We have no comment on pending litigation, however we take these claims seriously and will vigorously defend against them.”

Channel 11 also contacted its parent company, American Income Life Insurance, but we have not heard back.

The head of the Northern Regional Police said that at this time they are not aware of any criminal investigation against the company.

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