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A clerk in the Palo Alto, Calif., office of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly sued the firm’s former chief financial officer for sexual harassment Wednesday and accused the Minneapolis-based firm of covering it up. In a complaint filed in Santa Clara Superior Court in California, practice support clerk Sheila Johnson accuses former Oppenheimer CFO Jack Metcalf of demanding a sexual relationship and repeatedly making unwanted advances. According to the complaint, Metcalf, who was based out of Minneapolis, repeatedly called Johnson’s Palo Alto office and home and sent threatening and suggestive e-mails starting in May 2001 and ending in August. The complaint alleges that Oppenheimer managers knew of the harassment and other past incidents involving Metcalf and failed to act. Johnson’s attorney, Brian Kreger of San Jose, Calif.’s Lamberto & Kreger, said his client — who started at the firm nine months ago — worked on projects for Metcalf during his frequent visits to Oppenheimer’s Palo Alto office. Robert Castle, a partner in Minneapolis, said Oppenheimer has policies and procedures in place to address harassment. “I can assure you those allegations were promptly and thoroughly investigated. The firm took prompt, timely and appropriate responsive action,” Castle said. Castle said Metcalf, who is not an attorney, no longer works for the 270-lawyer firm.

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