JPMorgan Chase Defends VP Accused Of Rape, Attempts To Slut Shame

Kimberly Shultz is suing JPMorgan Chase and vice president/senior project manager, Derrick Gilliam, in a suit filed in Dallas County Court last Tuesday. The complaint states that she was the subject of extensive and coercive sexual harassment from the beginning, and then was led to a hotel under false pretenses and forcibly raped by Gilliam. The complaint also says that the police refused to help and when she attempted to get help from the bank’s human resource department that:

“Instead of helping Schultz, defendant JPMorgan’s Human Resource Department engaged in an unconscionable course of conduct, including making illegal inquiries into Schultz’s sexual history and background, making unauthorized disclosures of Schultz’s medical conditions in violation of Schultz’s HIPAA rights, and in general preparing the company’s defense to what it perceived would ultimately become a lawsuit. Sadly, Schultz was not contemplating a lawsuit, merely seeking help for the trauma and humiliation she had suffered.”

Courthouse News Service reports:

 After Schultz tried to resign her loss-mitigation position in June 2011, Gilliam persuaded her to stay and allegedly tried to get her drunk, she says.


“The next day, Defendant Gilliam told Schultz that they need to have an ‘offsite meeting,’ and that Schultz needed to bring her work laptop with her,” the nine-page complaint states. “The meeting took place at a hotel, and Schultz assumed that the meeting would take place in a conference room. This was not what Gilliam had in mind. Instead, Gilliam had Schultz meet him in a hotel room. Referring his coercive acts the night before, he asked her ‘You’re not going to tell HR, are you?’ At that point he stated ‘I’m your boss,’ and attempted to force Schultz into performing fellatio.”

Schultz says she refused, but that Gilliam allegedly pushed her onto the bed and forcibly raped her while she pleaded for him to stop.

Shultz is also saying that Gilliam had told other male coworkers to stay away from her because he intended to have her to himself, and that, “In fact, Gilliam was/is a sexual predator who uses his position of power to prey on defenseless women.”

Punitive damages are being sought for battery, false imprisonment, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

It looks like JPMorgan is even more disgusting than we assumed. While it is entirely possible that Gilliam is innocent (until proven guilty), their attempts to slut shame while allegedly conducting an “investigation” into this are absolutely unacceptable and disgusting.

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