A Manhattan judge has sanctioned a pro se plaintiff $5,000 for “contumacious conduct” after she inundated the court with ex parte communications concerning a dispute with her former lawyer.

Last year, a jury awarded Kathryn Jordan $2.5 million in a lawsuit in which she had claimed her former employer, Bates Advertising, had discriminated against her on the basis of gender and a perceived disability stemming from her affliction with multiple sclerosis.