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GunterFirm obtains $1 Million sexual harassment settlement for restaurant server – victim refuses to sign NDA

By 05/07/2018 Posted in News, GunterFirm News, Sexual Harassment Law

In October 2015, Whitney began working part-time as restaurant server to supplement her family’s income. In February 2016, she was the victim of severe sexual harassment by a supervisor who, unknown to her, had a history of sexually harassing female servers. In September 2016, attorneys Jason Gunter and Conor Foley filed a lawsuit against the employer for sexual harassment and negligent retention. The defense in a sexual harassment case is frequently to blame the victim and this case was no exception. Our firm prepared Whitney for this defense and she had the courage to engage in litigation. Over the next year, the defendant employer sought invasive discovery including more than three years of Facebook and other social media posts, text messages, and photographs of the victim. The employer also contended that it had a sexual harassment policy in place to prevent harassment and that it had acted reasonably. Attorney Gunter went on the offensive and took numerous depositions of employees and management, and subpoenaed personnel files and emails. It was discovered that the harasser had previously harassed other female servers who had complained to management. A jury trial was set for July 2018. Shortly before trial, the employer agreed to a settlement of $1 Million rather than face the risk of a jury trial. Whitney refused to sign a NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) so that her story could be shared with the hope that other sexual harassment victims will have the courage to come forward. Jason Gunter, Esq. Conor Foley, Esq.

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GunterFirm Founds LCBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Section

By 08/01/2016 Posted in GunterFirm News, Labor Law

In conjunction with the Lee County Bar Association, Jason Gunter and Conor Foley founded the Solo and Small Firm Practice Section to provide solo and small firm attorneys with valuable information regarding practice management, technology, and marketing. The Section has garnered a tremendous response, thanks in part to the cover feature in the May 2015 Res Gestae. You can find the entire article with more information on the Section here: http://issuu.com/leecountybar/docs/rg_2015may_lr_final/1 If you are a Lee County, Florida attorney and interested in learning more about the Practice Section, please reach out to Jason Gunter or Conor Foley.

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