Monday, December 21, 2009

Lesbian lawyer files $50 million discrimination and harassment suit against former employer

Julie Kamps (pictured), a former associate of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, plans to file a wide-ranging $50 million lawsuit, accusing the firm of denying her a promotion to partner because she is a lesbian and of doing nothing to stop higher-ups from harassing her, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by The Am Law Daily. In the complaint, to be filed this week, Am Law Daily reports that: Kamps claims that Janice Mac Avoy, a litigation partner, "knowingly made unwelcome sexual advances and sexual comments to Kamps, both alone and in the presence of others." Kamps also alleges that Mac Avoy encouraged her to "wear women's clothes," because William McGuinness, chair of the firm's litigation department, believed Kamps's preference for men's shirts could "make clients uncomfortable." READ MORE.