Former top lawyer fined for sexual harassment

Former top lawyer fined for sexual harassment
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A former partner at a law firm has been fined for sexually harassing two employees.

The Law Society released details on Tuesday, but refrained from naming him or the firm.

The lawyer, who has since resigned from the company, sexually harassed the employees at work events and resulted in him being stripped of his partnership.

The firm reported the incidents to the Law Society and the standards committee investigated. It found the conduct to be unsatisfactory and ordered him to be censured and fined $12,500. He also had to pay costs.

The committee decided not to charge him with misconduct as it said there were mitigating circumstances, including that he had taken full responsibility and had resigned.

He is also getting treatment for mental health issues.

"The Law Society investigates all complaints it receives, and of course this includes complaints related to sexual harassment and inappropriate workplace behaviour," Law Society Acting General Manager Regulatory Neil Mallon said.

"In deciding on an appropriate penalty, the standards committee took into account the lawyer's acceptance of full responsibility, the actions he has since taken to address the difficulties in his personal life and his behaviour, the views of the two employees involved and the firm's actions."


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