The Harvey Weinstein Effect

Sex Harassment cases on the rise since news of Harvey Weinstein

Since the news broke of sexual harassment and assault claims against Harvey Weinstein, one of Tinseltown’s most powerful movie moguls, ALM journalists have closely covered its connection to law firms and the legal industry. New York City Sexual Harassment lawyer Derek Smith, a plaintiffs attorney who runs 17-attorney Derek Smith Law Group, said his firm has received almost double the number of calls from prospective clients who have potential sexual harassment claims. “We’re getting tons more,” he said. Smith said all the new sexual harassment matters are still in the investigation and draft stage of the litigation, but he expects them to be filed within a couple of months with the EEOC, leading to some new sexual harassment court filings. “I’m getting so many more calls, and as a result, more clients,” he said. “It’s a mathematical certainty” that the emboldening of potential plaintiffs will lead to more lawsuits, Smith said. “They’re feeling empowered to take a stand, to do something about what happened to them,” he said. “They are hearing what happened with Harvey Weinstein and they’re thinking not only can they do something about it, but it’s OK to stand up for yourself.”

By Christine Simmons | November 07, 2017

Full story at New York Law Journal

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