A former secretary for the world's largest law firm was sexually harassed by a former partner, a jury decided Friday.
Rena Weeks, 40, was awarded $50,000 in damages in her lawsuit against Martin Greenstein and the 1,600-attorney firm Baker & McKenzie.Weeks had sought $600,000 from Greenstein for emotional distress that stemmed from the alleged harassment.
The six-man, six-woman Superior Court jury also found that Baker & McKenzie failed to take action to prevent the harassment.
The jury began deliberating Wednesday.
Weeks, who worked at the firm for about three months in 1991, alleged Greenstein dumped candies in a breast pocket of her blouse, groped her breast, pressed against her from behind and pulled her arms back to "see which one is bigger."
Attorneys for Baker & McKenzie argued that Weeks' claims were "the product of an overactive imagination" and motivated by reading an office handbook on sexual harassment.
Weeks also had alleged that Baker & McKenzie failed to respond properly to her allegations.
Greenstein, 49, resigned from Baker & McKenzie in October 1993 at the firm's urging. He had worked with the firm for 22 years.
Greenstein denied Weeks' allegations, although he has acknowledged acting in an offensive manner with two other secretaries.