Former President Donald J. Trump’s campaign attempt to silence a former campaign worker who claimed he was the target of abusive behavior and sexual harassment by another member of Trump’s campaign was effectively nullified by a federal court judge in New York on Tuesday was given.
Judge Paul Gardafe revoked a confidentiality agreement signed in 2016 by Jessica Denson, who worked as a phone bank supervisor and Hispanic outreach coordinator in Mr. Trump’s campaign that year. Judge Gardefe concluded that the agreement was “invalid and inaccessible.”
Mr. Trump’s campaign won a $ 50,000 award against Ms. Denson because she claimed to have breached the confidentiality agreement when she first raised claims of misconduct. The award was overturned by a New York state court last year.
Ms. Denson then sued on behalf of herself and other Trump campaign aides who were forced to sign confidentiality agreements, asking that they all be too extensive and illegal in New York, as they lasted indefinitely Were.
Judge Gardafe on Tuesday refused to invalidate all confidentiality agreements. But he ruled that the sign that Ms. Denson signed was invalid.
The ruling states, “It is not difficult for Denson or any other campaign staffer to know if any speech can contain broad categories of prohibited information.”
Ms. Denson’s attorney – David K. of Bowles & Johnson. Bowles, Joe Slotter of Ballard Sperr, and John Langford of the nonprofit group Protect Democracy – worked on the case and now intend to ask the court to consider all of them to be fatally invalid. Confidentiality agreement signed by Trump campaign activists.
Ms. Denson claimed she was “subject to a hostile work environment and experienced sexual discrimination, and then complained that high-ranking individuals in the campaign retaliated against her.”
His case was one of several cases in which Mr. Trump – lawyers using lawyers paid for his campaign or even by the Justice Department – followed former colleagues who criticized him or his campaign, including Sam Trunberg, Mr. Trump’s former political adviser, was also involved. , And Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former White House aide.
“This campaign has been used to beat campaign workers for years,” Mr. Bowles said on Tuesday. “Our position is now that these things are illegal.”