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Michele Lanhan Cited Bawdy Lumenis Talk Now SDNY Judge Hellerstein Floats $200k

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 24 – Michele Lanham went to work at Lumenis, Inc. in 2011 and "discovered that Lumenis fosters a working environment wherein male employees and managers believe that it is appropriate to send pictures of their penis and make comments about their sexual desires to females in the workplace."

    She sued Lumenis and Steven Gerhart, Todd Rosa, Greg Mack and Trenton Williams in New York State court, but they removed it to Federal Court.

    On April 24 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in a public telephone conference covered by Inner City Press suggested that the case settle for $200,000.   

There was a "no!" protest over the phone line. Ms. Lanham was on the line.

 Judge Hellerstein apologized for how he had spoken, but said it was necessary. The docket reflects that he denied Lumenis' attempt to subpoena two of Lanham's previous employers, as "too remote in time, of marginal relevance and a digression to the speedy completion of pre-trial proceedings."

  But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, when will trials begin again? Judge Hellerstein set the next day on September 25. The case is Lanhan v. Lumenis, Inc., 19-cv-24 (Hellerstein).


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