Monday, February 15, 2010

Workplace Sexual Harassment-Part Three, Rotten Law Bosses

My pal Chirs sent this story along, it's a report at concerning a lawsuit against the law partner in the picture, Robert Eicher and his 300 member Virginia-based law firm, Williams and Mullens (their slogan is: "where every client is a partner," and) where the plaintiff a young woman of Viet Namese descent was employed.  According to the lawsuit:

Mr. Eicher, 'repeatedly engaged in inappropriate sexual behaviors and made ethnic slurs. Shortly after (Hanh Nguyen) Allgood’s hire, Eicher approached Allgood in her cubicle, introduced himself and asked if she was from Viet Nam. When Allgood responded in the affirmative, he then gestured toward her genital area and asked whether her vagina was horizontal or vertical.'In what the lawsuit refers to as the 'cucumber incident,' Eicher allegedly put a cucumber in his pants pocket and then hugged and pressed the cucumber up against Allgood’s thigh desipte her attempts to pull away from him. Allgood complained to management and other employees, several of whom told her that they were also victims of the cucumber incident.

The complaint states that Eicher 'often walked around the firm dressed as a doctor showing his gloves and asking female staff if they wanted to be ‘examined.’ Eicher also had several sexual relationships with employees and publicly described his sexual encounters with them.'"

Oh, and there's lots more garbage about the bosses at this "law" firm, that finds it's way into Ms. Allgoodf's complaint.  This is the classic "hostile work enviornment" fact patttern, in case you were wondering.

 Frankly, I probably wouldn't pass this story along, but there have been 7 other EEOC complaints about William and Mullen filed by employees in recent years, according to the eboss story, lending a strong note of credibility to the allegations; and, it is always instructive when the so-called guardians of the rule of law, are the perpetrators.  I wonder how many of these Williams and Mullens folks sit on their bar association legal ethics panels? 



  1. BL,
    You could have had me at hello, still can!

  2. Ah, Molly dear you were always too kind. Behave!


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