Jessica Denson, a former employee of President Trump’s 2016 campaign team sued the Trump Administration, nullifying a non-disclosure agreement that she signed.
She said that it restricted her from airing discrimination claims.
Denson is a Los Angeles-based journalist and actress who oversaw phone banks and Hispanic outreach for the campaign.
She claimed that she was harassed by a superior. Previously, she filed a discrimination case against Donald Trump for President Inc. in New York state court. The campaign, however, sought to enforce the confidentiality deal, filing an arbitration claim asserting $1.5 million in damages.
Denson is the third woman who has sought to void a secrecy agreement involving Trump…
First, adult film star Stormy Daniels sued to block a pact that she alleges forced her to keep quiet about a sexual encounter with Trumpa. Second, a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, sued the National Enquirer to void a deal that she says forced her to stay silent about an affair she had with him.
Denson plans to represent herself in the lawsuits. Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’s lawyer, said he had been approached by other women who had Trump-related non-disclosure agreements. He ultimately declined to comment on whether Denson had been one of them. The Trump campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Denson’s confidentiality agreement prohibits the disclosure of confidential information about Trump, his company, and family members including Eric and Donald Jr., Ivanka, Tiffany, and Barron, the president’s 12-year-old son.
Denson sought a judge’s order to declare the NDA unenforceable because it violates public policy and is too vague and broad.
She claims her discrimination lawsuit didn’t disclose any confidential information prohibited by the agreement. She also claims that she was simply enforcing her legal right to address harassment and the hostile-work-environment she endured during the campaign.
She said that the campaign will use the agreement to overlook her case and asked a judge to nullify it in a March 26 filing.
The original lawsuit was filed in November in New York state court. It claims that a supervisor made “derogatory and demeaning comments” about Denson after she was promoted. It goes on to say that the supervisor started a rumor that she was responsible for a leak of Trump’s tax returns and directed another campaign staffer to try to take her personal laptop and files.
The case is Denson v. Donald J. Trump for President Inc., 18-cv–2690, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).
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