Carney Shegerian, trial lawyer and founder of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates, released a statement regarding a judge’s order in the sexual harassment complaint filed by a Shegerian & Associates client under the pseudonym “John Doe” against Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Steward, P.C.
The “John Doe” complaint was filed by a Mexican-American, gay male who was formerly employed by the law firm. After being sexually harassed for years by a partner at the firm, the plaintiff felt he had no other choice but to quit so he could escape the intolerable working conditions.
Yesterday, after defendants purposely revealed the plaintiff’s actual name, as well as disclosed his private contact information, in public records without using his “Doe” pseudonym, a judge ruled the defendants are required to re-submit court documents by noon tomorrow with redactions of the plaintiff’s name, his address, his state bar number, and his current employer.
“Our legal system is designed to protect the identities of those who have been sexually harassed and gives them the ability to file lawsuits without revealing their identity, let alone their personal contact information, which could bring additional undue harm, pain, or suffering to the individual as well as retaliation,” said Shegerian. “This is a real and serious problem that victims such as my client face in the real world when they decide to speak up about their experiences.”
“Undue harm, pain, and suffering is exactly what will happen now that the defendants have purposely revealed my client’s identity,” Shegerian went on to say. “They knew exactly what they were doing when they filed their documents, and did it maliciously, much like how they treated my client. Attorneys know the importance of these protections, yet in this case, the defense counsel tried to undermine the legal system to reveal our client’s name and identifiable information. Today, a judge saw right through that, and ordered them to re-submit all documents with this identifiable information removed,” remarked Shegerian.