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Attorneys Andalman and Flynn Secure Justice for Sexually-Abused Housekeeper

Following five days of testimony, a Montgomery County jury awarded one of Andalman & Flynn’s clients, a live-in housekeeper from the Philippines, $120,000, after she sued her employer for sexual assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and wrongful termination from employment. The victim suffered through numerous unwanted sexual advances over a period of three years, which culminated in a sexual battery. The victim then quit her job and reported the attack to the police. The Defendant pled guilty to a fourth-degree sexual offense. In awarding a sizeable verdict, the jury rejected the Defendant’s claim that the parties conducted a consensual affair. Following the verdict, the victim stated, “I am so happy because I have found justice. He bothered me many times, but I was afraid to go to the police. This is a big help because employers take advantage of housekeepers. They think we do not have the money to get justice.” The victim was represented by Elliott Andalman and Mary Ellen Flynn. Following the verdict, Ms. Flynn remarked, “[he] had the power to deport [her] and take away her livelihood and shelter in a country where she did not know the language or the culture. He abused this power to sexually harass and sexually assault his housekeeper. This is a case about abuse of power. More importantly, it is about a woman who had the courage to stand up and resist that abuse.”

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