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Avon Brazil fined for making woman dance at meetings

February 10, 2015

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian subsidiary of the Avon cosmetics company has been ordered to pay more than $30,000 in damages to a former employee who was allegedly forced to perform sensual dances at sales meetings.

The Regional Labor Court in the northeastern state of Ceara says in a statement posted Tuesday on its website that the company must pay the former sales manager 100,000 reals ($36,000).

The statement says the woman was forced to wear costumes and perform “objectionable dances of a sensual and pejorative nature” during annual sales promotion events.

The court did not reveal the name of the woman.

The ruling can be appealed.

Avon did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.