Unhappy with a published report about settlement talks and tawdry comments on a radio show, Richmond’s Williams Mullen law firm had a judge impose a gag order on the parties and their lawyers in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the firm.
The plaintiff’s lawyer agreed to the order in the case of former WM staffer Hahn Nguyen Allgood, who claims a partner at the firm’s Norfolk office made inappropriate sexually charged remarks to her. The order bars communication with “any form of media” as long as the case is pending.
A motion to dismiss Allgood’s suit is under consideration after a Feb. 1 hearing before Norfolk U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis.
Meanwhile, plaintiff’s lawyer Ardra O’Neal of Washington has filed a second lawsuit against Williams Mullen on behalf of a former legal secretary at the firm’s Richmond office who claims age discrimination.
By Peter Vieth