Lawyer suspended for Craigslist sexy secretary advert
02 December 2011
A Chicago-based immigration lawyer has been barred for a year after telling an applicant for a secretarial job that the role would include "sexual interaction
". There's a lesson there, dodgy City partners.
Samir Zia Chowhan decided to forgo usual recruitment avenues when a vacancy arose for a new secretary at his firm. Heading straight to Craigslist and the now defunct "Adult gigs" section, he posted an ad for an "energetic woman
" to undertake "general secretarial duties
" and some "additional duties
" for two lawyers. Interested candidates were asked to send a CV, a description of their physical features and their measurements.
One woman responded, sending all the required information. In return she received in an email from Chohan with a detailed job spec, according to an ABA report
. In addition to legal work, the applicant would be "required to have sexual interaction with me and my partner
". Further duties included "sexy dressing
" and "flirtatious interaction
||Some additional secretarial duties yesterday
Chowhan also told informed the applicant that: "as part of the interview process you’ll be required to perform for us sexually
Unfortunately for Chowhan, the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission didn't think much of any of this. In July it suspended him for a year for conduct reflecting poorly on the profession, a decision which was upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court this week.