According to the Sun Sentinel, a former employee has sued Morgan & Morgan for sexual harassment, claiming sexual discrimination and battery, among other things. Michelle Burman is seeking punitive damages in excess of $75,000 and asks for her job back, along with back wages and benefits, and any raises or benefits that she would have received had she not been terminated.
Burman claims she worked as a client service intake specialist from June 23, 2008 to February 15, 2010, and that she was subjected to continual sexual harassment. Burman claims that the workplace was full of inappropriate and sexual comments, innuendo, jokes, stories and acts.
Much of her complaint aimed at a particular supervisor who she claims behave inappropriately, was frequently intoxicated, and saying he once urinated over the balcony of a bar at “happy hour” and was saved from arrest by another employee of the firm. Burman says that female employees had to provide sexual favors and not complain about such actions in order to get ahead in the company. When she turned down her supervisor’s advances, he became hostile and treated her differently from other co-workers.
Burman claims the firm’s HR department did not properly investigate claims, which is disputed by the firm. The firm’s founder has said that the HR department fully investigated and that there is a large file to prove it. John Morgan, one of the founders of the firm, has said that Burman was not terminated but that she quit her job, in what he described as a call center.