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Secretary Wins Suit Against Law Firm

Associated Press

A former secretary for the world’s largest law firm was sexually harassed by a former partner, a jury decided Friday. Rena Weeks, 40, was awarded $50,000 in damages in her lawsuit against Martin Greenstein and the 1,600-attorney firm of Baker & McKenzie.

Weeks had sought $600,000 from Greenstein for emotional distress stemming from the harassment.

The six-man, six-woman Superior Court jury also found Baker & McKenzie failed to take sufficient action to prevent the harassment.

The jury, which began deliberating Wednesday, must return to court Monday to address punitive damages.

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Weeks, who worked at the firm for about three months in 1991, alleged that Greenstein dumped candies in a breast pocket of her blouse, groped her breast, pressed against her from behind and pulled her arms back to “see which one (breast) is bigger.”

Attorneys for Baker & McKenzie argued that Weeks’ claims were “the product of an overactive imagination” and motivated by reading an office handbook on sexual harassment.

Lawyers for both sides refused comment Friday.


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