Disability Rights Lawyer Scott Johnson Sued For Sex Harassment

Scott Johnson disability rights lawyer

A California attorney who was paralyzed by a drunken driver in a hit-and-run accident has been on a long crusade to force businesses to become more accessible to the disabled, suing more than 2,100 of them over the past decade. Now he's become the target of a lawsuit himself, reports KXTV in Sacramento, with four his former legal assistants accusing him of sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Scott Johnson has made a lot of enemies over the years. Critics accuse him of making hundreds of thousands of dollars under the guise of a civil rights campaign and forcing some businesses to close their doors -- businesses like the beloved burger stand, Ford's Real Hamburgers. It shut down last weekend in Sacramento after Johnson filed suit and its owners said they couldn't afford to make its bathroom more accessible. Some have even accused Johnson of being a "vexatious litigant" -- someone who files meritless lawsuits as a form of harassment.

But most have agreed that Johnson's campaign, no matter how frustrating it may have been to businesses, was perfectly legal.

But what wasn't legal was how Johnson treated staffers, allege four of his former female legal assistants. They say that they were fired or forced out of their jobs for complaining about what they call a hostile work environment.

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Jenna Doeuk and Esra Jones, who worked for Johnson for five years, Monthica Kem, a four-year employee, and Michela Lucas, who was employed for a year-and-a-half, claim that they each had to spend approximately two weeks in "personal care training" -- learning to dress and undress him -- and had to perform tasks like rubbing lotion on his body and helping him into a hot tub, reports KXTV.

The lawsuit goes on to claim that the women were under constant video surveillance on the job, including in the restroom, and that when Doeuk was tasked with hiring new staff, Johnson told her not to interview, "men, ugly women and anyone over 30."

While all this made the women uncomfortable, the lawsuit says, they didn't speak out for fear of retaliation.

The women's claims also support allegations by some of Johnson's critics. Some business owners who were sued by Johnson say that charges that he was treated unequally and made to feel humiliated at their businesses were phony -- even if it was true that their premises didn't comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. According to his former assistants, Johnson didn't even leave his vehicle when visiting many of the places that he sued.

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Michael J. Mankin

Don't be fooled by Lawyers Against Lawsuit Abuse, who spawn these stories for their own gain -- they are just as bad if not worse than a few bad lawyers. Disabled Veterans deserve access, and businesses that discriminate deserve the trouble they get for being scoflaws. Abide by the Building Code and you won't be a target for criminals!

April 08 2013 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He is a piece of crap. What goes around comes around.

October 04 2012 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Poetic justice. I hope he loses everything.

October 04 2012 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a POS. I'm glad he's getting what he deserves. Hope those women win big. He's a turd.

October 04 2012 at 12:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This piece of crap is what is wrong with this country. And I would argue if what he is doing is legal, then we need to kill those laws that allow some diet bag who ought to be thrown down a flight of stairs to abuse hard working people. there is nothing more disgustingly slavish, weak and despicable than slimy legal people hurting others with impunity and protection from the beatings of their lives.

October 04 2012 at 12:07 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Sounds like a case of "what goes around comes around" - It's called Karma, "Attorney" Johnson. About time it bit you in the you-know-what from the sound of it.

October 04 2012 at 11:28 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Good, this guy's and @$$hole.

October 04 2012 at 11:10 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

It's about time this guy gets a taste of his own medicine.

October 04 2012 at 11:00 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Well, if ANY of it's true, they'll hang him for it.

October 04 2012 at 10:52 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Karma will catch you every time. No sympathy for him at all!

October 04 2012 at 10:44 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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