Two teenage employees of a Portland Banana Republic store are seeking $500,000 in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, claiming store management failed to protect them from being recorded using the toilet at work.
The teens, 17 and 19, appear to be the first to seek damages after law enforcement says 34-year-old Johnny Tuck Chee Chan used a hidden camera to record 27 co-workers in a single-user, employee restroom from April to November. Police say Chan in 2016 and 2017 recorded 51 other people using the restrooms or changing rooms at the Northeast Portland Kaiser pharmacy where he worked before he was caught and fired.
The suit claims the Banana Republic Factory Store on Cascades Parkway near Portland International Airport and its general manager were negligent in hiring Chan.
“If a licensed pharmacist is leaving a six-figure salary and applying for a minimum-wage job in retail, there’s a story there,” said attorney Barbara Long, who is representing the teen employees.
While at the store to arrest him for the Kaiser videos Nov. 27, police found Chan’s hidden camera in the Banana Republic bathroom, the suit says. He was arrested again on Dec. 7.
Chan has been charged with more than 100 counts of invasion of personal privacy or encouraging child sexual abuse, the latter for recording minors while partially nude.