There are several ethical rules regarding how an attorney may receive payment from a client.  One such rule is regarding “sexual favors” in exchange for legal services.  Under the American Bar Association (ABA) rules, “a lawyer shall not have sexual relations with a client” unless a consensual relationship existed between them when the client-lawyer relationship commenced.  However, each state has different rules governing a lawyer and client relationship.  For example, in California, a sexual relationship between a lawyer and client is permitted as long as representation is not conditioned upon sex and there is no coercion or undue influence.

“Sexual Favors” in Exchange for Legal Services:

A criminal defense attorney from Delaware named Joseph Gabay was recently arrested for allegedly offering legal services in exchange for sexual favors from two women.  Gabay has been charged with two counts of sexual harassment.

According to Aba Journal, after five-month investigating alleged unethical behavior, the city police and state troopers raided Gabay’s law office.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in employment settings.

Click to watch an informational video about sexual harassment.

Click to find a qualified sexual harassment lawyer in your state.