LA: Receptionist’s Alleged Rape by Lawyer Not Barred by Exclusive Remedy Rule
LAKE CHARLES, LA - The Third Circuit Court of Appeal has ruled that a receptionist could sue her former employer for negligence, this after she alleged she was raped by one of the partners after business hours during one of the firm’s “drunk Fridays”, and that her claim was not barred by the workers’ compensation exclusive remedy rule, when the court found she was also a client of the law firm in that it was advising her pro bono on child custody issues. As stated by the court, “the firm owed her a duty to refrain itself from conduct likely to cause her injury as both a social and business guest”.
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Source: Louisiana Court of Appeal