Labor & Employment Law
Ex-Fried Frank Associate Says Female Partner Harassed Her
Posted Dec 21, 2009 8:00 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
A former litigation associate of nearly a decade is poised to file a federal discrimination suit against Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, contending that the firm denied her a promotion to partnership because she is a lesbian and did not intervene to prevent higher-ups from harassing her.
Julie Kamps, who is a graduate of Harvard Law School, accuses a female partner of sexually harassing her, among other allegations, reports the Am Law Daily, which has obtained an advance copy of the planned filing. It names both Fried Frank and a number of individual partners as defendants.
Kamps is at present apparently representing herself in the action and says she hasn't yet decided whether to retain counsel, the legal blog reports. She was issued a right-to-sue letter by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in November.
The firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment by the legal publication. Kamps is seeking monetary damages and a partnership in the planned lawsuit.
ABAJournal.com: "Ex- Associate Claims Fried Frank Didn’t Promote Her Because She Is Gay"