$600,000 – 21 Year Old Woman Settles Case of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment

Winer, McKenna, & Burritt represented a young woman in the LA area who brought claims for sexual abuse and sexual harassment against a man and his company, where she has been employed, for repeated molestation and sexual assaults he had subjected her to while she was a minor. The man, married and in his forties, had been a family friend and had also hired the Plaintiff at his family-owned business. He began sexually molesting the girl when she was in her early teens which went on for years, and out of fear and shame and the fact that the man was a family friend, the girl did not report this conduct to her mother until she was 17. Criminal charges were brought and the man pled guilty. Ms. McKenna took his deposition at the prison, where despite his guilty plea, he denied much of the conduct and claimed that this teenage girl came on to him instead. Winer, McKenna, & Burritt were able to establish that the man’s denials lacked credibility and that the business did not properly supervise him around this teenager, despite warning signs. The case was able to settle at a mediation just prior to trial commencing.