Faruqi Disputes Sex Assault Claim As Trial Opens

By Max Stendahl (January 12, 2015, 6:56 PM EST) -- An attorney for Faruqi & Faruqi LLP on Monday denied allegations that a partner sexually assaulted an associate after a 2011 holiday party and that the firm cultivated a hostile work environment for female lawyers, kicking off a closely watched trial in New York federal court.

A jury of five men and three women heard opening arguments in the case against Faruqi, partner Juan Monteverde and the firm's co-founders, siblings Nadeem and Lubna Faruqi. Plaintiff Alexandra Marchuk claims that Monteverde "quickly and forcefully" had sex with her following a December 2011 party, and that the firm tolerated Monteverde's behavior because he...

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