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Lawyer Sues Over Partner’s Alleged Groping

Posted Sep 12, 2007 6:33 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A former nonequity partner at a Washington, D.C., law firm is suing for sexual harassment stemming from an incident at a party.

Elisa Eisenberg claims Robert Rider Jr., also a nonequity partner, became intoxicated and groped her at a June 2006 party, Legal Times reports. Her suit says her law firm, Jackson & Campbell, created a hostile working environment when it refused to fire the lawyer, and she was forced to resign as a result.

In court papers Rider concedes that he tapped Eisenberg on the backside. The 50-lawyer firm claims it took appropriate measures after the party, reprimanding Rider and requiring him to attend sensitivity training, and allowing Eisenberg to skip meetings that he attended.

Rider and the law firm have both filed motions to dismiss the suit.

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