Main Line Woman Sues Irish Pub Molly Maguire’s After Alleged Swinger Sex Request

Says the owners of Molly Maguire’s sexually harassed her.

Molly-Maguires-logo-400Molly Maguire’s is an Irish pub with locations in Downingtown, Lansdale, and Phoenixville. It’s the kind of place that hosts Quizzo and cover bands and that’s still featuring espresso martinis. And now a 48-year-old Exton woman is suing Molly Maguire’s for sexual harassment.

Lesley Fetzer was hired as the director of sales and marketing for the pubs in July 2012, earning a salary of $31,200 plus a 5-percent commission on all banquet sales.

According to a suit that Fetzer filed in Philadelphia’s federal court on Wednesday, her problems at Molly Maguire’s began in September 2012 when another director at the company allegedly grabbed her buttocks during a group photo at an event that she had secured.


Then, claims Fetzer, one of the owners told her that he needed her help in targeting a new and expanding client base: swingers.

From the suit: "Plaintiff Fetzer [was] told that the groups tend to be closed and suspicious" so she "would be required to accompany him to a few swinger's party [sic] to gain the trust of the attendees."

Fetzer, who has since resigned from Molly Maguire's, also maintains that she was told that she would need to pretend to be the owner's wife and "to likewise act the part."

Other allegations in the suit include a suggestive text message from one of the owners and the claim that an owner grabbed Fetzer's notebook during a meeting and then slid it back after drawing male genitalia on one of the pages.

"This is a middle aged woman who left a job to take what she thought was her dream job, and it turned out to be a nightmare," says Peter Barbieri, Fetzer's attorney. The restaurant management did not respond to multiple messages seeking comment.

UPDATE: An attorney for Molly Maguire's says the allegations in the suit are "without merit and denied in their entirety" and calls the suit "absurd and defamatory."

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  • matthew brandley

    If this holds true the owner is in deeeep trouble

  • Me

    Men like this sicken me..

    • pete

      Men like what, who? Men who have alleged to have done something in a lawsuit? Probably as bad as someone saying “women accusers like this sicken me.”

  • Erin GoBraless

    This woman needs to loosen the hell up or get the f out.

  • I care

    Not buying it

  • King Laird PC

    Our offices are corporate Counsel to Molly Maguires Restaurant and Pubs, Inc. The allegations contained within the Complaint filed in Federal Court are without merit and denied in their entirety. We are very confident that our client will be vindicated in this absurb and defamatory lawsuit.

    • This happens all of the time

      Absurb?

    • Dewey Cheatem

      I wonder how much a blurb like this costs?

      • Plagiara

        They copied it from a press release written by a real law firm.

  • Turk502

    Just curious, if what was going on was so untoward (if what she claims is true, it’s pretty darn bad), why wait 18 months after leaving the company to file suit?

    • Employment law 101

      Before a person can bring an action against an employer the case must first go to the EEOC . They get at least 180 day to do something. Today EEOC is so backed up and under staffed it takes about 3 months to register the case. When they release the case either after investigation, attempted negotiation, or on request they issue a right to sue letter. The claimant then has 90 days to file suit. Most difficult is the poor women has to get prepared to fight the battle it clear this employer is preparing to wage.

      • Know How It Feels

        It was also likely that she wanted to wait until she was financially secure enough to leave her job. Speaking from a similar experience, it’s difficult to take legal action against your employer unless you’re emotionally and financially ready.

  • Anonymous

    This is 100% true I worked for them for 5 years and the one owner is a complete scumbag. Nos to mention her 5% commission that was part of her contract that was to be paid for by the company was taken out of the employees tips. Totally illegal!

    • Employment law 101

      Why don’t you contact her lawyer and give her some help and stay anonymous on the docket his name is Pietro barbieri 610 280 7078

  • AnyOldHead

    Maybe it’s just me, but I have a hard time finding any sympathy from this self-described mainline woman. Self-absorbed, entitled & maybe just a little out of touch with the world. Who knows what really happened?

  • Anonymous

    I was apart of the entertainment there a few times and this does not all surprise me. The one who name starts with a C, was very grabby to many and inappropriate always. This goes to show that some are not made for business. I feel for the other owner.