Lisa Brockington hired employment-discrimination firm Tuckner, Sipser, Weinstock & Sipser to represent her in a discrimination lawsuit, and was impressed with her resulting settlement enough that she joined the firm as an office manager. But now Brockington is suing Tuckner, Sipser, Weinstock & Sipser on sexual harassment grounds, making a number of lurid accusations about the firm and about Jack Tuckner’s sexual practices (which the New York Post and Above the Law are kind enough to highlight for one’s titillation). Either the allegations are true, in which case the firm suffers from severe hypocrisy problems in addition to its legal troubles, or the allegations are false, in which case the firm wins settlements for plaintiffs who make false claims. Tuckner’s attorney, David Berlin, does indeed say the claims are false. More precisely, he says “[T]hese irrational and untrue charges are a reflection of the person bringing the charges.” Brockington’s attorney is Louis Pechman. Tuckner regularly appears on television as a talking head on harassment law.
In the further irony department, Tuckner represents Krista Errickson, who just sued Planned Parenthood for pregnancy discrimination. (Phyllis Furman, “Moms-to-be claim work bias,” NY Daily News, May 19).
Amusing: as of June 5, the webpage for Mia Metzger, Tuckner’s alleged dom girlfriend, on the Tuckner firm’s website talks about her expertise in “Wholistic Medicine.” Gothamist has the cache of Brockington’s webpage, though one expects that will only last a while.
For reporters wanting to do a little more digging, the Brockington lawsuit where the Tuckner firm represented her was Lisa Brockington, James G. Janoleck, and Robin Cullinan v. Center for Animal Care and Control, New York City Animal Care and Control, Wesley Artope, and Marilyn Haggerty-Blohm, Case No. 1:03-cv-09429-BSJ-GWG (S.D.N.Y.), filed November 24, 2003. See also this 2003 Daily News story.
Update: Perhaps the allegations are true; perhaps they’re the reflections of someone who is deranged or dishonest. We have no idea, and we take no position, though the implausibility of some of the allegations certainly cuts against the plaintiff if I were forced to take sides now. We discussed the problems of the publicity of complaint allegations by the deranged in a 2005 post about Wesley Snipes. (Contrary to the claim of a commenter, I don’t dispute that some of Brockington’s allegations, if true, rise to the level of a hostile environment.)