A recent case we won for our client is being featured in VerdictSearch’s New York publication. In this case, we helped the plaintiff sue the City of New York, the Department of Education, and an individual teacher. The plaintiff was only 15 years old when she was sexually assaulted by her high school music teacher starting in 2012. It continued for some time, even on school grounds. It continued until June 2013, when her mother learned of the relationship. The minor plaintiff said her teacher started the relationship initially with texts and emails, and that some of the sexual encounters took place in a small room off of his classroom while class was in session. The girl’s mother initiated the lawsuit after the teacher was arrested in 2013 for statutory rape, sexual misconduct, and other charges. The teacher was fired and eventually sentenced to 5 years in jail after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct. Plaintiff’s counsel alleged that the City of New York and the Department of Education was negligent in its supervision and our client suffered from depression and emotional distress long term. The counsel for the school’s owner and operator tried to argue that the teacher’s misconduct was outside the scope of his employment and that they were unaware of it. The matter was settled and our client was awarded a total of $215,000, $40,000 from the teacher and $175,000 from the city.