Labor & Employment
Ex-Bingham Associate Sues Firm Over Work Situation, Claimed Party Drugging
Posted Jun 26, 2009 6:55 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
Although a Massachusetts state agency earlier dismissed an ex-associate's complaint that Bingham McCutchen didn't do enough to protect her from a fellow law firm employee who allegedly sexually harassed women workers and may even have drugged some, Michelle Moor is trying again.
She filed a discrimination suit in state court this week, seeking $155,000 for lost wages as well as other damages over what she characterizes as her constructive discharge due to her working conditions at the law firm, reports the Boston Globe.
"By late January 2008, Ms. Moor no longer felt safe at Bingham," the Suffolk Superior Court suit contends, alleging that she was drugged by a co-worker at a firm-sponsored holiday party in late 2007. "Between the drugging incident and Ms. Moor's departure from the firm at the end of February 2008, nothing was done to notify female employees at Bingham about the potential risk they faced at firm-sponsored events."
In a written statement, a firm spokeswoman Claire Papanastasiou describes Moor's claims as "baseless" and contends Bingham "acted sensitively, responsibly and fairly."
Moor, 31, now works at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong.
ABAJournal.com: "Associate Who Claimed Drugging at Bingham Party Sees Complaint Tossed"
ABAJournal.com: "Lawyers Drugged at Bingham Events, Ex-Associate Says"