It looks as though there won’t be any quick end to the sexual harassment case filed against Jackson & Campbell partner Robert Rider Jr. and the firm’s current and former leadership. The defendants’ motions to dismiss were denied in D.C. Superior Court on Nov. 16th by Judge Judith Bartnoff. The plaintiff in the case, former Jackson & Campbell partner Elisa Eisenberg, claims that Rider groped her at a June 2006 party hosted by American International Group, a major client of the firm. According to court papers, the incident was so traumatic that Eisenberg says it amounted to career-ending assault and battery.
Bartnoff was considering several motions filed by Rider and Jackson & Campbell, as well as by the firm’s current president, Richard Bryan, and its former president, James Schaller. Bartnoff had already denied a motion to dismiss Eisenberg’s claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress at a hearing on Oct. 11. But the judge took more than a month to deny motions to dismiss Eisenberg’s claims of sex discrimination and employer retaliation.
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