Fifty million dollars is probably one of those arbitrary sums her attorney identified as reasonable damages, but that’s what lesbian Julie Kamps wants from her former worldwide law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.
“One or more partners” at the firm — where she worked from 1998 thru January, when she was fired — allegedly wrote “highly negative, gay-bashing and damaging comments” about Kamps on a website; on the job, she faced “repulsive harassment and discrimination” because she wore men’s dress shirts and “does not fit into typical feminine stereotypes.” For this, Kamps, who lives in California with wife Michelle, wants $50 million. And to be reinstated at the firm. As partner.
Oh, and there’s this: alleged sexual advances that went unreturned!
In the complaint, to be filed this week, Kamps claims that Janice Mac Avoy, a litigation partner, “knowingly made unwelcome sexual advances and sexual comments to Kamps, both alone and in the presence of others.” Mac Avoy allegedly “told Kamps it was ‘the biggest regret of her life’ that she had not slept with Kamps ‘when she had the chance,'” and discussed various sexual acts with Kamps, the complaint states. Kamps also alleges that Mac Avoy encouraged her to “wear women’s clothes,” because William McGuinness, chair of the firm’s litigation department, believed Kamps’s preference for men’s shirts could “make clients uncomfortable.”
Naturally, the Fried lawfirm believes “this lawsuit has no substance and will be dealt with by our lawyers.”