It’s unclear how much Habba paid to solve the problem, if anything. The deal was shrouded in secrecy and both parties – including, oddly, the former employee’s attorney – were bound by a non-discrimination agreement that forbade anyone to dirty the other party, according to one person familiar with the agreement.
According to the source, audio tapes taped secretly from inside Habba’s office appear to have played a role in pushing the case into out-of-court negotiations. Habba’s company never even responded to the original lawsuit.
On September 6, Habba’s attorney and her former secretary signed a document agreed to dismiss the lawsuit “with prejudice,” meaning the case ended well. They formally filed their application in the Middlesex County Superior Court last week.
Habba did not respond to calls for comment. Jacqueline L. Tillmann, the secretary’s former attorney at Princeton, confirmed that the case was closed.
“We have achieved a Resolutionbut I can’t comment on the details,” said Tillmann, repeatedly emphasizing the word “settlement”.
Habba runs a small law firm in a Jersey suburb, a short drive from Trump Bedminster National Golf Club. She has quickly risen from mystery to become the former president’s chief lawyer in a number of cases that have garnered national attention while becoming his active supporter on right-wing television.
Habba is behind Trump’s conspiracy-laden lawsuit against former political rival Hillary Clinton (something that has just been released), set up to protect him at a upcoming test the way his company security works beat the protesters outside Trump Tower, and currently fighting New York AG’s business fraud investigation.
Like so many of Trump’s lawyers, Habba has become a possible witness in a brewing scandal involving the former president. For her role in the New York AG lawsuit, she personally took an oath court documents that she conducted a “diligent” search of relevant business records by rummaging through “all desks, drawers, nightstands, dressers, dressers , etc.” at Mar-a-Lago on May 5 — an awkward moment that could make her a witness in the FBI historical crime investigation of Trump for mishandling classified files found last month in those very tables, drawers and cabinets.
That means her law firm is sitting on a mountain of what’s possible damnable proofmaking her ex-employee’s lawsuit this summer all the more compelling.
Her legal secretary, Na’syia Drayton, gave up in frustration over Trump’s birthday and was sued a few weeks later on July 19. Given the company’s small size, this low-level administrative staffer regularly handles office paperwork — everything from business filings to correspondence. — put her in a unique position.
In her litigation, Drayton, who is Black, accused Habba of regularly playing “inappropriate gangster hip hop and rap music in the office… repeatedly singing and using the racial slur n—-,” and at times during an employee luncheon at a restaurant loudly suggested that she order fried chicken because “everyone likes fried chicken.” The lawsuit also claims Habba was fed up with constant legal battles. against New York Attorney General Letitia Jameswho’s black, and screams, “I hate that black bitch!”
“Habba began marching around the office seething about the judge, and complaining that she had failed in her argument,” the lawsuit reads. “Drayton was appalled at the racist remarks made about the Attorney General, Letitia James, and was surprised that her supervisor, [Habba]feel comfortable and entitled to make such statements in the workplace, in her presence. “
The lawsuit goes on to describe how Drayton allegedly began suffering from panic attacks, which forced her to isolate herself from a few colleagues she had at the office – including Habba and her law firm partner , Michael Madao. The lawsuit also claims that Habba noticed and called Drayton into her office, where the boss questioned whether the secretary was still “fit” for the office – and Drayton responded by blaming The whole thing was simply too cold and uncomfortable at the office.
It wasn’t until a few weeks later that Drayton finally emailed her bosses, revealing the racial animosity that had plagued her so much at the office. A day after Habba reached an agreement with New York investigators about have Trump testify before AG—With tensions running high — the lawyer suddenly received an email from her personal secretary with the subject line “uncomfortable work environment,” in which on several occasions Drayton said she felt feel “extremely uncomfortable”.
“I am deeply affected by these comments and feel disrespected and unwelcome at work. I feel increasingly anxious and concerned that my health is being affected,” Drayton wrote. “I hope that by bringing this to your attention, we can re-establish a productive work environment.”
According to the lawsuit, Habba immediately called Drayton and a heated discussion ensued. The complaint cites Habba as denying that she was racist and saying, “I’m a goddamn minority… I’m not white. I’ve been bullied because I’m Arab… everyone listens to Kanye West — and, I’m not allowed? “
Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Habba flatly denied ever shouting about the New York AG race and released a statement portraying Drayton as a disgruntled employee who was simply looking for a expensive money.
“Na’Syia is someone we love, care about, and bond with for many years. Na’Syia never complained to anyone until she decided to quit her job and demanded an exorbitant amount of money in return,” Habba said.
At the time, Drayton’s attorney admitted that she had tried to quickly and quietly resolve the matter but that Habba’s law firm would not budge. She said Drayton was unemployed, had a supportive family, and would have enjoyed the financial stability of a monetary settlement without the need for litigation.
“We tried, but we couldn’t come to an agreement. I think it’s unfortunate that we can’t achieve something. My policy is to try to work things out,” Drayton said in July.
On Friday, Tillmann said she couldn’t even say whether Drayton felt as though she had come out on top. Contacted by phone, Drayton declined to comment.