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Take this job and blow it; Burger King in Aspen?

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

The world may soon find out that some jobs in Aspen come with more fringe benefits than others.

A recent search of a media database found a July 11 story in Denver Westword by Stuart Steers called “This Job Sucks.” The piece tells of Matthew Jay, a former Surefoot employee who filed a lawsuit after allegedly being approached by a man about a job.

“In its crudest sense, this lawsuit is about blow jobs,” Steers writes. “Jay claims he was approached by 54-year-old John Ortega, an employee of the Dillard family, the department-store owners, and asked if he would be interested in a position as a caretaker at their house in Aspen.

“The job paid $25 an hour and included a free studio apartment. But between doing the dishes and sorting the laundry, Jay claims, Ortega told him he’d have one other duty: Ortega, who was supervisor of the property, had a little ‘hangup’ and would want to work it out by occasionally performing fellatio on his new hire.

“Jay’s interest in the position ended there – but his outrage didn’t, and he filed suit against Ortega and his employers, William Dillard II and Mandy Dillard. Ortega has denied both offering Jay a job and making any demand for sexual favors; the Dillards say they know nothing about the situation.”

Go ahead, ask yourself, would you blow off a similar offer?

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We’ll be sure to watch for it.

[Brent Gardner-Smith’s e-mail address is bgs@aspentimes.com.]