San Diego attorney John Gomez, who is a respected and noted member of the law, has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee and another woman who had sought a job at his prestigious law firm. Two separate lawsuits are pending against the trial attorney, and the alleged victims in both cases are asking Gomez to pay them for enduring his lewd behavior for a long period of time.
John Gomez is a graduate from Yale School of Law. He runs the award winning trial law firm Gomez Trial Attorneys in San Diego. The law firm is very popular with accident victims and those who have a personal injury lawsuit to file against drug companies and FMC companies which sell defective products. Since 2000, the law firm has won about $300 million for its clients.
The agency’s website lists the areas of specialty as accidents (both aviation and bicycle accidents), personal injury due to dog bites, food poisoning cases, and concussions and injuries to athletes such as those sustained by NFL players.
Lawyer uses his Knowledge to Protect Himself
Till some time ago, one of the areas of expertise on the site also included ‘sexual harassment’. However, ever since Gomez himself came under the scanner for his alleged misconduct with a female attorney Alexa Zanolli, the website has stopped advertising this particular branch of law. According to sexual harassment attorneys, Zanolli had applied for a position with the firm but was denied a place.
Zanolli herself says that Gomez is using his knowledge of the law to defend himself against the accusations filed against him. Zanolli’s lawsuits state that Gomez has refined his approach towards female employees and asks them for sexual favors in an implicit manner. He utilizes his experience as a sexual harassment attorney to stop short of explicitly proposing an exchange of sexual favors for an employment offer, but does so in a roundabout fashion that may be hard to prove in court.
Nude Pictures, Text Messages as Evidence
Zanolli’s lawsuit also includes text messages between the two, with one message allegedly proving Gomez’s intent for Zanolli to fulfill his ‘sexual desires’ to obtain a position with his firm. The lawsuit also alleges that Gomez had previously texted a nude ‘selfie’ of himself to one of his other victims.
Former Employee also Alleges Misconduct
The second lawsuit which calls Gomez’s credibility as a boss is filed by sexual harassment attorney John Petze, on behalf of Elizabeth Castelli. Castelli used to work in Gomez’s firm as a para-legal. She is not currently employed there. The lawsuit states that Gomez, on many occasions, flirted with the ex-para legal, made comments of a sexual nature, and touched her in a “sexually suggestive” fashion. Castelli’s lawsuit states that since she is a single mother and needed the job, she was forced to endure Gomez’s advances for more than a year before she finally quit.
Gomez’s attorney has rubbished both the claims by saying that Castelli’s lawsuit is a figment of her imagination and that Zanolli has falsely claimed a quid-pro-quo sexual offer from the San Diego lawyer.