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Recent admittee sues law firm founder, says he sent graphic email, spoke of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Within months of being admitted to practice in Oregon last year, a new lawyer was not only gaining experience as an attorney at a small suburban Portland law firm but being sexually harassed by its well-known founder, a lawsuit alleges.

Beginning in December, plaintiff Andrea R. Meyer says, Ross Day sent her graphic email under a fake name, spoke of the steamy novel Fifty Shades of Grey and, while they were on a business trip together, said he would leave his hotel room door unlocked so she could come in and ask questions after he went to bed, reports the Oregonian.

Contending that the harassment forced her to quit her job at the Day Law Group earlier this month, she is seeking $450,000 for emotional distress and lost income from Ross Day. Her suit was filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Another lawyer with the same name works for the Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union but is not the plaintiff in the lawsuit, the newspaper notes.

Day is known for co-authoring Ballot Measure 37 a decade ago to protect property development rights in place when real estate is purchased, as well as his representation of the Oregon Family Council, which opposes same-sex marriage, and Common Sense for Oregon, a group that seeks to reduce regulation by government. He declined to comment Tuesday, the Oregonian reports.

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