Julie Swetnick, the third woman to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in high school faced allegations from her former employer that she engaged in “unwelcome, sexually offensive conduct” back in 2000.
A Portland web analytics company called WebTrends, filed a defamation and fraud lawsuit against Swetnick in Oregon in November 2000 and also alleged that she lied about graduating from Johns Hopkins University.
WebTrends said in a lawsuit that, after the company determined she had engaged in “inappropriate conduct,” Swetnick made “false and retaliatory allegations” of sexual harassment against two male co-workers.
The complaint shows Swetnick’s alleged inappropriate conduct took place back in June 2000, just three weeks after she had started working at WebTrends.
WebTrends conducted an investigation that found both male employees gave similar accounts of Julie Swetnick engaging in “unwelcome sexual innuendo and inappropriate conduct” toward them during a business lunch in front of customers.
Swetnick denied the allegations and, WebTrends said, “in a transparent effort to divert attention from her own inappropriate behavior … [made] false and retaliatory allegations” of sexual harassment against two other male co-workers.
“Based on its investigations, WebTrends determined that Swetnick had engaged in inappropriate conduct, but that no corroborating evidence existed to support Swetnick’s allegations against her coworkers,” the complaint said.
According to the complaint, WebTrends human resources director informed Julie Swetnick that the company was unable to corroborate the sexual harassment allegations she had made, she “remarkably” to which Swetnick then withdrew the allegations.
One month after the alleged incident, Julie Swetnick took a leave of absence from the company for sinus issues. WebTrends said it then made short-term disability payments to Swetnick until mid-August that year.
But then one week after the payments stopped, the company received a note from Julie Swetnick’s doctor claiming she needed a leave of absence for a “nervous breakdown.”
Despite her refusal provide any additional information about her alleged medical condition, Webtrends said it continued to provide health insurance coverage for Swetnick.
In November, Webtrends human resources director received a notice from
“In short, Swetnick continued to claim the benefits of a full-time employee of WebTrends, sought disability payments from WebTrends’ insurance carrier and falsely claimed unemployment insurance payments from the District of Columbia,” the complaint states.
When Webtrends managers called Swetnick to discuss why she applied for unemployment benefits, she hung up the phone on them, according to the complaint.
She then sent letters to WebTrends’ upper management, detailing new allegations that two male co-workers sexually harassed her and said that the company’s human resources director had “illegally tried [sic] for months to get privileged medical information” from her, her doctor and her insurance company.
WebTrends also say Julie Swetnick began her fraud against the company before she was hired by stating on her job application that she graduated from John Hopkins University. But according to the complaint, John Hopkins University had no record of her attendance.
An online resume posted by Swetnick makes no reference to John Hopkins University. But It does show that she worked for WebTrends from the months December 1999 to August 2000.
In March 2001, three months after WebTrends dismissed its lawsuit, Julie Swetnick’s ex-boyfriend, Richard Vinneccy, filed a restraining order against Swetnick, claiming that she threatened him after he ended their four-year relationship.
“She’s not credible,” Swetnick’s ex-boyfriend, Richard Vinneccy told Politico. “Not at all.”
Michael Avenatti, who is representing Julie Swetnick claims that the complaint was “[c]ompletely bogus which is why it was dismissed almost immediately,” Avenatti told The Daily Caller. “The lawsuit was filed in retaliation against my client after she pursued claims against the company.”
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