The firm manager of a New Jersey law firm has been charged with sexual harassment of two of the firm’s clients. This is not the first time such accusations have been made against this firm manager.
In 2015 a lawsuit was filed claiming that the same manager had offered free legal services to a client, in exchange for sex with the client and the client’s girlfriend. That suit was settled.
However, other incidents of illegal acts by the firm manager came to light at that time. He had prior convictions for passing bad checks and for “theft by deception.”
Both claimants are survivors of the mass shooting that happened at the Pulse club in Orlando, Florida. They allege the firm manager contacted them, claiming that “they had viable legal causes of action based on their presence” at the club when the shooting occurred.
The firm manager offered to pay for them to travel with him to Nevada and California, promoting the trip as a chance to find healing with other survivors of mass shootings. They agreed to take the trip, believing it would be therapeutic.
Allegations of Requests and Threats
The complaints allege that the firm manager sent suggestive texts and pornographic images to them that solicited sex. One piece of evidence in the case is a screenshot of text messages showing that the firm manager allegedly wrote “Come on pa, just once, between us. Confidential just want to satisfy both of us.”
They also claim the firm manager threatened to withhold money for lodging, transportation, and food, if they refused his advances.
The firm manager denies all the charges. He claims the complaint is full of incorrect facts, and serves as nothing more than an attempt to destroy his professional reputation. The law firm, additionally named in the suit, also denies any wrongdoing, siding with their firm manager.
Professionally Inappropriate Behaviors
Sexual contact is generally inappropriate during an ongoing relationship between a client and any professional. There are power dynamics at play, which impair the ability to give true consent without at least a hint of coercion.
If you are feeling pressure to have sex from someone you are in a professional relationship with, then you are already being subtly sexually harassed. It is important to keep any documentation you may have, such as text messages, in the event you choose to move forward with a sexual harassment case.
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