Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC has been at the forefront of sexual assault and harassment litigation, and our attorneys have extensive experience representing survivors at every stage in both the criminal and civil processes. We represent individuals who have experienced many different types of gender-based violence including verbal harassment such as sexual jokes, comments, and innuendos, intimidation, retaliation, grooming, sexually degrading epithets, inappropriate physical touching, sexual solicitations and inquiries, stalking, and physical assault.
We provide comprehensive representation so that you can focus on your healing process while we advocate for you and your rights in the courtroom. This provides you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your case is in the hands of experienced trial advocates who will aggressively protect your rights.
Our primary concern is making sure our clients feel safe, comfortable, heard, and empowered every step of the way. We understand that every survivor’s experience is unique, so we individualize our approach to each case, and use trauma-informed practices to advocate for our clients from beginning to end.
Sexual Assault and Harassment Claims
Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC has a track record of success in holding businesses, organizations, and educational institutions accountable for gender-based violence:
- Survivors of Young Life
- Our clients have filed multiple Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges against the youth ministry organization Young Life for a pattern or practice of racial and sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Multiple other survivors have stepped forward with similar experiences since the filing of those charges.
- John Doe et al. v. ABC University – Resolved Summer 2020
- This case involved college athletes from a nationally ranked university who had experienced physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their coaches that was ignored by their university. The settlement for this case amounted to $3.13 million and also included university policy changes regarding sexual assault.
- Maria Chavez et al. v. the Lake County Sheriff’s Office – Resolved Winter 2020
- In 2017, three female dispatchers for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office received inappropriate sexual messages and were intimidated by the Undersheriff, Fernando Mendoza, and subjected to harassment and retaliation by the Sheriff and other Office officials for complaining about the harassment. Eventually, Undersheriff Mendoza was prosecuted for sexually molesting a family member. This case resulted in a $875,000 settlement, and helped lead to the first ever elected female Sheriff in the County, who championed changes to sexual harassment policies and the culture of the County Sheriff’s Office.
- Prairie Middle School Students v. Cherry Creek School District – Resolved Fall of 2018
- In 2017, news broke that Brian Vasquez, a teacher employed by the Cherry Creek School District, had been sexually assaulting his middle-school students over the course of five years. Rathod | Mohamedbhai was honored and privileged to represent the survivors who had suffered from his abuse. The case ultimately resulted in an $11.5 million settlement as well as significant changes to school district policy, widespread trainings for both teachers and students, and the provision of mental health resources for students and parents. Mr. Vasquez pled guilty and is serving a sentence of 40 years to life in prison.
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Vail Run Resort Community Ass’n, Inc., d/b/a Vail Run Resort; and Global Hospitality Resorts, Inc. – Resolved Winter of 2016
- This case involves seven female employees and one male employee of Mexican descent who worked as housekeepers at Vail Run Resort and were repeatedly harassed and retaliated against by their manager, Omar Quezada. Quezada made constant sexual comments and jokes towards them, offered them promotions in return of sexual favors, and sexually groped and attempted to rape several female employees. Quezada specifically targeted these women because of their national origin and immigration status, sometimes threatening the staff with ICE raids. Management made no action when women complained until several women went to the police. Even after Quezada was arrested and subjected to a restraining order, Vail Run Resorts management did not initiate an investigation, discipline him, or reduce his hours. Shortly after, Vail Run Resorts fired two of the female employees who had made complaints, and one woman’s husband. With the partnership of the EEOC, Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC was able to secure the survivors a $1 million settlement from Vail Run.
- Wilson v. Jonathan Pauling et al. – Jury Verdict Issued Fall 2015
- This case involved Amanda Wilson, who had been violently sexually assaulted, strangled, and bitten by her boss, Jonathan Pauling, causing her significant emotional and psychological distress as well as the loss of her job. A Denver District Court jury found the defendants guilty on three claims for relief: assault, battery, and intentional interference with contract. Combined with the jury verdict and pre-judgment interest, Ms. Wilson’s award amounted to $6.3 million
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