Woman Says Panda Express Made her Strip to her Underwear During Training

Jennifer Spargifiore, 23, filed a civil complaint, alleging that Panda Express pressured her to strip to her underwear in front of colleagues during company training, NBC reports.

Panda Express and Alive Seminars, the self-improvement consulting outfit that led the exercise, are the defendants named in the suit.

The claims are bizarre and if true, which we don't know yet, otherworldly creepy.

Spargifiore worked for Panda Express from Aug. 10, 2016 to July 15, 2019, primarily in L.A. County. She says, "The Alive seminars were often a prerequisite to promotion," adding that attendees were required to provide their work ID numbers so seminar fees "could be debited directly from their Panda Express employee accounts."

Spargifiore goes on to say the seminars in question quickly devolved into psychological abuse. In the lawsuit, Spargifiore notably named the date of July 13, 2019, two days before her departure, alleging that she was pressured into a “trust-building exercise" that required her to strip down to her underwear.

She did not add the reason they asked for such a thing, if they even gave one.

"She stripped almost naked in front of strangers and co-workers – was extremely uncomfortable but pressed on because she knew it was her only chance at a promotion," the lawsuit said. "Meanwhile, Alive Seminars staff were openly ogling the women in their state of undress, smiling, and laughing."

"The seminar more and more resembled a cult initiation ritual as time went on," the lawsuit says. Furthermore, the suit says Spargifiore was constructively terminated" just days after leaving the seminar early.

Panda Restaurant Group, Panda Express' parent company, said it is conducting its own investigation.

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