Attorney Awarded Fees in Sexual Harassment Case

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Attorney Guy Loranger was awarded slightly more than $104,000 in attorney fees resulting from a June 2011 lawsuit.

Attorney Guy Loranger was recently awarded slightly more than $104,000 in attorney fees resulting from a June 2011 lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Aime Helwig against Intercoast Career Institute 2012 WL 1521474 (Me.Super.) (Trial Order). A nursing student at the for-profit college, Helwig was terminated from school after alleging that a professor had repeatedly sexually harassed her.

Helwig had filed the lawsuit under the Maine Human Rights Act, which allows the prevailing party to collect reasonable costs and attorney’s fees. Courts typically determine the fees by multiplying the number of hours worked by a reasonable hourly rate. Twelve factors are also used to determine the fee, including the time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions presented, the skill required to perform legal services, the preclusion of other employment by the attorney due to acceptance of the case, the customary fee in the community, whether the fee is fixed or contingent, the time limitations imposed by the client or circumstances, the amount involved and the results obtained, the experience, reputation and ability of the attorney, the undesirability of the case, the nature and length of the professional relationship with the client, and awards in similar cases.

In this case, the judge determined the reasonable rate was $300 per hour. The case required 326.6 hours of labor, which amounts to $97,980. The judge also awarded slightly more than $6,239 for expenses, making the total amount awarded just over $104,219.

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The Law Office of Guy D. Loranger is a sexual harassment and discrimination law firm located in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. The firm represents victims of all types of discrimination, including discrimination based on sex, race, age and sexual orientation. They will handle a case from the initial complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission through the civil lawsuit in state or federal court. Contact Guy D. Loranger today to discuss the options for sexual harassment/discrimination cases today. For more information, please feel free to visit or call 207-937-3257.

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