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GunterFirm obtains $1 Million sexual harassment settlement for restaurant server – victim refuses to sign NDA

By 5th July Posted in News, GunterFirm News

In October 2015, Whitney began working part-time as restaurant server to supplement her family’s income. In February 2016, she was the victim of severe sexual harassment by a supervisor who, unknown to her, had a history of sexually harassing female servers. In September 2016, attorneys Jason Gunter and Conor Foley filed a lawsuit against the employer for sexual harassment and negligent retention. The defense in a sexual harassment case is frequently to blame the victim and this case was no exception. Our firm prepared Whitney for this defense and she had the courage to engage in litigation. Over the next year, the defendant employer sought invasive discovery including more than three years of Facebook and other social media posts, text messages, and photographs of the victim. The employer also contended that it had a sexual harassment policy in place to prevent harassment and that it had acted reasonably. Attorney Gunter went on the offensive and took numerous depositions of employees and management, and subpoenaed personnel files and emails. It was discovered that the harasser had previously harassed other female servers who had complained to management. A jury trial was set for July 2018. Shortly before trial, the employer agreed to a settlement of $1 Million rather than face the risk of a jury trial. Whitney refused to sign a NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) so that her story could be shared with the hope that other sexual harassment victims will have the courage to come forward. Jason Gunter, Esq. Conor Foley, Esq.

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GunterFirm Founds LCBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Section

By 8th January Posted in News, GunterFirm News, Personal Injury

In conjunction with the Lee County Bar Association, Jason Gunter and Conor Foley founded the Solo and Small Firm Practice Section to provide solo and small firm attorneys with valuable information regarding practice management, technology, and marketing. The Section has garnered a tremendous response, thanks in part to the cover feature in the May 2015 Res Gestae. You can find the entire article with more information on the Section here: http://issuu.com/leecountybar/docs/rg_2015may_lr_final/1 If you are a Lee County, Florida attorney and interested in learning more about the Practice Section, please reach out to Jason Gunter or Conor Foley.

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Florida Cycling Law

By 4th June Posted in Articles, Auto Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury

Staying Safe on Florida Road Bicycling is a truly enjoyable form of recreation and exercise and a green, cost-effective means of transportation. Yet, motorists often treat cyclists as a nuisance and are careless or aggressive to cyclists on the road, often to a dangerous degree and with tragic consequences. You should take caution to avoid traffic collisions by obeying the rules of the road, and understand your rights should an auto accident occur. Obeying Traffic Laws Bicycles on the roadway are considered vehicles under Florida laws and have the same rights and obligations as motorists. In addition to being a legal duty, obeying traffic signals also increases cyclists’ safety. Just as in a car, when you ride a bike, you are responsible for: Riding with traffic Braking at red traffic lights and stop signs Yielding right-of-way when appropriate Turning left in designated turn lanes Signaling turns   Bicyclists are permitted to ride on the sidewalk instead of the road. When riding on the sidewalk, you have the same duties and rights you would as a pedestrian. However, you must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and alert them before passing with an audible device, such as a bell or whistle. Wearing a Helmet Florida Statute requires children under the age of 16 to wear a Snell Memorial Foundation certified helmet while riding a bike. However, you should consider wearing a helmet, regardless of your age, to protect your head from injury should a traffic accident occur. In fact, the Insurance Institute […]

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Two Hospitalized in Bonita Springs Car Accident, Wet Road Conditions Present

By 6th April Posted in News, Auto Accidents, Personal Injury

A head-on collision occurred in the midst of a downpour late Friday morning at Old US 41 and Imperial Harbor. 19 year old Marlen Gutierez was one of the drivers injured in the accident. Southwest Florida drivers need to use extreme caution in dangerous wet road conditions in the approaching summer months. Contact Bonita Springs car accident lawyer Jason Gunter at 239.334.7017 if you are injured in an auto accident to immediately answer all of your car accident questions.

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