Moving – follow us over!

June 21, 2013

As of June 21, 2013, this blog has been moved over to my newly-designed website. All the archives from this blog have been moved as well, so it will be a one-stop shopping experience.

Thanks for following, and see you soon at the new website!


New York Law Firm, Partner Countersue Former Associate for Defamation

April 4, 2013

If possible, things in the employment lawsuit against New York plaintiffs’ firm Faruqi & Faruqi have gotten even uglier.

The junior attorney sued in federal court about three weeks ago. Her complaint asserted that a law firm partner made inappropriate statements to her and unwanted sexual advances, culminating in raping her in his office after the holiday party. She resigned a week later.

This week, the partner and the firm have countersued for defamation. The counterclaim alleges that the associate and partner were engaged in consensual sexual contact short of sex and that the associate was essentially obsessed with the married partner. While the firm’s founders admit that the partner “exercised very poor judgment and has been disciplined” by the firm, they state they are convinced that he did not harass the associate.  Part of the defamation claim is that the associate sent the complaint to the firms’ clients and to the partner’s wife, which her attorney denies.

There’s not a lot of middle ground here for a jury should this make it to trial, is there?


Hot yoga founder in hot water from sexual harassment claim?

March 29, 2013

Bikram Choudhury, the 67-year-old founder of Bikram Yoga (a type of yoga done in 105-degree heat), has been sued by a former student in her 20s for sexual harassment and discrimination, as well as for defamation. The student, who was also a former teacher in Choudhury’s school, alleges in a lawsuit that Choudhury, who is married to another teacher, made sexual advances to her starting when she was 20. According to court documents, she rejected repeated advances, which allegedly included pressing up against her, ordering her to kiss him in front of others, and assaulting her in a Mexico hotel room during a teacher training.

This is not the first time Choudhury has faced controversy: for instance, in 2010, a student claimed that he made derogatory comments about women and gays.

Choudhury, who has previously been called the “Bad Boy of Yoga” by Yoga Magazine, has denied the allegations.


Criminal charges against a criminal attorney for harassing potential clients

March 9, 2013

This isn’t a workplace harassment case (the vast majority of which involve civil, not criminal charges), but it’s still interesting.

A Delaware criminal defense attorney has been charged with two counts of sexual harassment. The two women who complained alleged that the attorney made sexual remarks, touched them, and offered legal services in exchange for sexual favors. One woman was a former client and one a future potential client who was looking for an attorney to represent her fiancé.

At least one of the women complained to the Delaware State Bar. I’d be shocked if the attorney isn’t brought up on disciplinary charges with the state bar as well as facing criminal charges.


I’m baaaack. . . .

March 9, 2013

I’m picking up this blog again. It’s been a long time, but there have been so many interesting instances of sexual harassment and unlawful harassment in the news lately that I just had to come back.

I’ll be updating once or twice a week. Enjoy!

Record-breaking $95 million verdict for sexual harassment

June 13, 2011

A federal jury in Illinois may have awarded the highest verdict ever for a single-plaintiff sexual harassment case, although the verdict will likely be reduced to a “mere” $45 million because of federal statutory limits, according to plaintiff’s counsel. The verdict is against Aaron’s, Inc., a rent-to-own furniture store, and is comprised of $15 million in compensatory damages and $80 million in punitive damages.

Plaintiff told the jury that the branch’s general manager commented on her breasts, groped them, smacked her in the head with his penis, and masturbated on her chest while restraining her.

Plaintiff said that her call to the company’s sexual-harassment hotline went unreturned.

Aaron’s says it will appeal and called the jury “runaway”; however, plaintiff’s counsel pointed out that the jury deliberated for nearly three days.

My prediction? The verdict will stand, within the statutory limits. The complained-of conduct was extremely egregious and of a long duration, and it would appear that the jury found that Aaron’s Inc. knew about it through the hotline but failed to do anything, given the punitive damages award.

Source: (via Reuters)

Outsourcing Sexual Harassment in High-Tech?

April 8, 2011

Here is a fascinating and troubling article in the Christian Science Monitor about the extraordinarily high rate of sexual harassment in the Indian outsourcing community.

According to the article, the India-based Centre for Transforming India has said that 88 percent of women inside India’s outsourcing community experienced sexual harassment on the job. The vast majority of those–83 percent–did not report it. The article also talks about an Indian woman, who worked for Nokia Siemens, who killed herself in 2008 after repeated harassment.