ECBA filed a sexual harassment complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights today on behalf of a woman named Veronica McILraith against her employer, the legal recruiting firm Wegman Partners LLC, as well as the firm’s CEO Colby Wegman and Chairman of Partner Recruiting, Scott Legg.
According to the complaint, Ms. McILraith was “subjected to an astounding barrage of groping and sexually explicit and derogatory comments, texts, emails, and signs by her boss.” When she complained, the company sided with the harasser, cut Ms. McILraith’s commissions, and forced her out.
Ms. McILraith filed suit in the New York City Commission on Human Rights notwithstanding Wegman’s attempt to force her into arbitration. The Commission is a powerful body that investigates complaints of discrimination and harassment in New York City. It can award individual damages and attorneys’ fees to the victims just like a court.
“No woman should have to experience this sort of disgusting sexual harassment at work,” said ECBA partner Zoe Salzman, Ms. McILraith’s attorney. “Ms. McILraith is standing up and saying this sort of behavior has to stop. Other women are standing up. And more will follow.”