Former Employee Sues Adult Bookstore

Sales Clerk Claims She Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment by Customer

A former employee at S.B. Books, Inc. — the adult bookstore at 405 State Street — has filed a lawsuit against the shop’s owner.

Santa Barbara resident Quiana Foley claims she was fired just days after she called the cops at work on April 21, 2013, when a customer (Edward Luis Trujillo, who would be convicted for the incident) exposed himself to her and tried to come behind the sales counter to touch her. The lawsuit states the bookstore’s assistant manager told Foley she was fired because her “act of calling the police had brought unwanted and unfavorable law enforcement scrutiny of S.B. Books’ business and clientele.”

Represented by Santa Barbara employment attorney James H. Cordes is S.B. Books owner Donovan M. Green, who denies the allegations. Employment attorney Jeffrey F. Ryan of Redwood City is representing Foley. The case returns to court on January 19. The trial is scheduled for June 3 in Judge Colleen Sterne’s courtroom.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Downtown Bungalow Haven Wins Big Appeal

City councilmembers voted unanimously against the proposed “monolithic” fourplex.

Free Parenting Classes

Parents and kids can learn together at SBCC

Steven Seagal Named Special Envoy by Russia

The former Santa Ynez resident is a Russian citizen.

County Services Transitioning Away from Montecito Disaster Center

Post-1/9 support will still be available at

Goleta Limits Accessory Dwelling Units to 800 Square Feet

The city followed most of the state's ADU rules, though two large projects swept through before the ...