SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – A well-known Detroit area personal injury attorney is facing a second sex-related lawsuit.
The $15 million sexual harassment suit was filed by attorney Geoffrey Fieger against Mike Morse on behalf of Samantha Lichon — a former employee at the Mike Morse Law Firm in Southfield.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Two Stars With Motor City Ties Lighting Up Entertainment World
The lawsuit says the victim was hired in September of 2015, and during her time at the firm, she was allegedly sexually harassed by Morse.
The woman claims Morse frequently made unwelcome and graphically sexual comments, groped her body and even invited her to his hotel room — all without encouragement. The lawsuit says Lichon complained to her superiors and to Human Resources, but nothing was done. She was fired this past February.
This is the second civil lawsuit against Morse, and Feiger claims that other victims have come forward.READ MORE: 23rd Annual 'A Home For The Holidays At The Grove' Comes To CBS On Sunday, December 5th
The first, filed last week, alleges that Morse groped a woman’s breast as the two took photo together in the back room of a Farmington Hills restaurant.
Morse has denied any wrongdoing in first case, saying the allegations are fabricated, and that Fieger — who is a competitor — is out to ruin his reputation.
Mike Morse emailed a response to WWJ Wednesday afternoon:
We are aware of a new lawsuit filed by an employee. Not surprising to anyone is that she’s represented by Geoffrey Fieger. The individual was employed as a receptionist for about 18 months until she was terminated for cause on April 7, 2017. She never made a complaint during the time she was employed at my firm.
I employ approximately 145 people, about half of whom are women. I have been in business for two decades and I have never been sued. I am not going to continue to participate in Mr. Fieger’s media circus, or his bid to attract more attention to himself and encourage baseless lawsuits. These matters will be handled in court.
Morse’s office included content from an email they state is from the employee named in the most recent suit — sent to her supervisor two weeks before her termination:
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“I just truly wanted to apologize for being disappointing. I thought I could for sure do good. I know I can, just have made to many inexcusable mistakes. I truly do know that they have been over and over. I wish I could change it all, but the only thing I can do is learn from all of these situations and make myself better at this job. I totally understand all of your frustration and I am sorry I put you all through so much. You guys have given me limitless opportunities and I sincerely will and do always appreciate it as I know I am such a pain. Your support has made such a difference in my life whether it ends up working out or not and I really am grateful. I just feel so grateful for everything you guys as a whole firm has taught me. I just had to make that known. Thank you times a million for really working with me. The appreciation is unexplainable. xoxox “
Morse has not been charged with any crime.