EEOC opposes withdrawal of Kelley Butcher as IPI counsel in sexual harassment case

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THE U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is opposing the motion of attorney Kelley Butcher to withdraw as counsel of Imperial Pacific International LLC and its parent company, IPI Holdings in a sexual harassment and unfair employment practices case filed in federal court.

 EEOC, through attorney Eric Yau, asked the District Court for the NMI, to deny the motion of Butcher “on the grounds that a grant of withdrawal without a substitute counsel will cause prejudice to EEOC, cause harm to the administration of justice and delay the resolution of the case.”

Yau said granting the motion will leave the defendants with no representation.

He noted that the defendants have yet to file complete initial disclosures or respond to the first set of EEOC requests for production of documents dated June 6.

“Both parties are scheduled to engage in a settlement conference on Sept. 10, 2020 and the continued lack of representation has adversely impacted efforts to obtain information essential for a fruitful settlement conference,” Yau said.

He added that attorney Butcher has been inextricably involved in the case.

Should the court decide to grant the motion, Yau said, EEOC respectfully requests that the court do so on the condition that any withdrawal will not take effect until the defendants obtain representation with a substitute counsel, and any other condition that the court deems appropriate.

Yau also wants IPI to pay for costs associated with opposing the motion.

EEOC has accused IPI of sexual harassment and unfair employment practices on behalf of Shirlene Loh, a VIP hostess, and other similarly aggrieved female employees.

IPI denies all the allegations or inference in the complaint that it has engaged in any unlawful employment practices, and has asked the court to rule in its favor and dismiss the complaint with prejudice.

Attorney Kelley Butcher has been on the mainland U.S. since March to look after her mother. Butcher said she has decided not to return to work with IPI, and that her last day of work with the casino investor was on May 29, 2020.



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