Sexual Misconduct Investigations & Representations | McDermott

Sexual Misconduct Investigations & Representations for Institutions


In light of the elimination of, or extensions to, state statutes of limitations for both minor and adult survivors of sexual abuse, misconduct claims can put your organization—and its board and senior executives—in a difficult and uniquely vulnerable position. Beyond the typical workplace allegations of sexual harassment against an employer, these claims expose respected academic and cultural institutions, healthcare and social services providers, and religious organizations to significant financial and reputational harm. The public and your stakeholders (including donors, investors, current and prospective employees), as well as law enforcement and government regulators, are likely to scrutinize how your organization reacts and responds to such allegations. The implications can be far-reaching. An inadequate or improper response may negatively impact your organization’s operations, future government investigations or civil suits.

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  • Serve as coordinating counsel to university in connection with ongoing governmental investigations concerning alleged sexual misconduct at student health center
  • Representation of an order of religious women in connection with multiple allegations of sexual abuse committed at schools and social services locations, some of which involve incidents from over 40 years ago
  • Representation of a religious organization that had been sued in connection with alleged sexual abuse of minors by a deceased member of its clergy
  • Representation of a healthcare company that had been criminally charged with abuse and neglect of severely disabled patients
  • Representation of a residential and day treatment center and school involving multiple investigations of allegations of sexual and physical abuse against employees and the organization


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