published Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Chattanooga: Local sexual harassment attorney being sued for fondling waitress


by Monica Mercer

A local attorney who concentrates his practice on sexual harassment investigations and prevention has been sued by a local waitress who claims he fondled and belittled her at Big River Grille & Brewing Works in downtown Chattanooga.

In the lawsuit filed in Hamilton County Circuit Court, the 20-year-old plaintiff is asking for $500,000 for the “physical, mental and emotional damages” allegedly caused by Charles D. Lawson, a shareholder in the prominent, local law firm of Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel, P.C.

Mr. Lawson was prosecuted criminally for the incident, which allegedly took place during last year’s Riverbend Festival. He received six months of probation after being charged with sexual battery in Hamilton County General Sessions Court and was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

According to the civil action now pending against Mr. Lawson, he became drunk at Big River and proceeded to push the defendant up against a wall and tell her “how beautiful” she was. He then grabbed her hair and started to rub against her genital area, the lawsuit states.

Mr. Lawson had had several run-ins with the wait staff at Big River during prior visits, the lawsuit states. When staff members would ask Mr. Lawson to control his “belligerent” behavior, he would remind them that he is a lawyer and that their “station in life” was beneath him.

See tomorrow’s Times Free Press for complete details.

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brandon83 said...

Hopefully this idiot gets fondled in prison...

July 9, 2009 at 9:51 a.m.
GeorgiaRebel said...

To brandon83: Civil suits by us peons do not result in prison time.

Why does a "prestigious" law firm keep scum bag like this? Oh wait, he fits right in with the other lawyers.

July 9, 2009 at 10:08 a.m.
HimJim said...

I suppose CBS, in retaining the guy, is just affirming his assertion that once you attain a certain "station in life" it's no big deal to grope the plebes. What a pleasant world it must be for these aristocrats.

July 9, 2009 at 5:40 p.m.
Axle said...

Unfortunately, when he goes to court he will be standing in front of a judge who is in the "same station" in life. He will find that this scum bag needs to go through alcohol treatment and we should pity his unfortunate turn of events.

July 10, 2009 at 5:57 p.m.
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