Amazing Sexual Harassment Case: Yoga Teacher Sues Ex-Playboy Playmate for Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination

The New York Post is reporting on an astonishing New York sexual harassment case involving ex-Playboy Playmate, Stephanie Adams. Joseph & Kirschenbaum proudly represents the plaintiff, 32-year-old yoga instructor and massage therapist, Dilek Edwards, who alleges that Adams illegally fired her in October. Why? Out of an unfounded fear that Ms. Edwards had been flirting with her husband.

Ms. Edwards had been working for the Wall Street Chiropractic Clinic owned by Adams and her husband, Charles Nicolai. When Nicolai started training with Edwards back in June, he warned the yoga teacher that his wife “might become jealous” and insisted that his yoga therapy [which he needed to recover from an accident] “had to be a secret” because he worried that his wife might get upset and jealous.

Even with that ominous warning, nothing could have prepared Edwards for a text message she received at 1:30 a.m. on October 30th from Adams that read “you are NOT welcome any longer at Wall Street Chiropractic, DO NOT ever step foot in there again, and stay the F-K away from my husband and family!!!!!!!” Edwards says that Adams’ insinuations are “absurd” and insists her relationship with Nicolai had been “purely professional.”

This is not Adams’ first time in the spotlight for odd behavior. In 2006, police arrested her for allegedly threatening to shoot a taxi cab driver – even though, at the time, she had been wearing a skintight outfit and thus had no ability to conceal a gun. Adams sued the city over the arrest and won a $1.2 million judgment.

In 1992, Playboy Magazine featured her as Miss November: she was the first openly lesbian woman to get that honor. In 2012, she affirmed that “I still can identify myself as LGBT,” even though she has been married twice — both times, to men. The 43-year-old Adams denies Edwards’ allegations of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and unlawful termination. She said “no disrespect to anyone – but I am a centerfold.”

Adams claims to be a direct descendent of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. When interviewed for the New York Post story about the case, the ever-quick-witted Maimon Kirschenbaum responded “I can only imagine [The Adams’] are rolling over in their graves because of the outrageous behavior of their purported descendant.”

While we obviously can’t comment on this case because it’s ongoing, its salacious nature indicates just how absurd some sexual harassment and gender discrimination cases can get.

If you or someone you love has experienced unfair treatment at your workplace – such as overtime violations, racial or sexual harassment, discrimination, or retaliation – please call the Joseph & Kirschenbaum team today at (212) 688-5640 for a free consultation, or email us at

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