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eXp harassment case dismissed, but assault litigation continues 

A Nevada lawsuit was dismissed this week, but an amended sexual misconduct complaint filed in California could put company leadership back in the hot seat.

June 28, 2024
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eXp's litigation troubles are far from over, but the global brokerage is facing one fewer lawsuit this week after the parties mutually agreed to dismiss a sexual harassment case naming a former eXp employee and eXp Realty. 

But the firm and its leadership aren't off the hook: CEO Glenn Sanford and his company were removed from a different sexual assault case in May, but may face renewed liability after the plaintiff filed an amended complaint again naming Sanford and eXp Realty as defendants. 

Carter case dismissed: This week, a U.S. District Court signed off on the dismissal of a case brought by Nevada agent Misty Carter in January. Carter's lawsuit named Chris Nevada of the Nevada Real Estate Group and eXp Realty. 

In the original filing, Carter alleged that she was sexually harassed by Nevada while she was employed by eXp, then fired after she expressed opposition to that harassment, which included unwanted touching and attempts to establish a sexual relationship. Court documents describe Carter as a non-managerial employee and not an independent contractor during the time the alleged harassment took place, from Dec. 2021 to June 2022.

In the court documents filed June 25, it was noted that the parties mutually agreed to dismiss the lawsuit and agreed to cover their own legal fees. Additionally, defendants "have denied, and continue to deny, the claims asserted" by Carter.

Sanford roped back in? In May, Glenn Sanford, top eXp recruiter Brent Gove and eXp Realty were all dismissed from a different sexual misconduct lawsuit. The suit, which was filed by Florida-based agent Anya Roberts, alleged that she was drugged and sexually assaulted during an eXp recruiting event in Mexico and further alleged that there was a conspiracy among company leadership to turn a blind eye to bad behavior. 

Former eXp agents Michael Bjorkman and David Golden were named as the key perpetrators in the assault.

Sanford, Gove and eXp Realty were dismissed from the suit in May, but Roberts filed an amended complaint on June 13 implicating all previously named defendants and including additional details in support of Roberts' allegations. 

In the latest filing, Roberts alleges that Gove, specifically, has retaliated due to the civil action, with lawyers stating that "to this day, Defendant Gove continues to attempt to harm and impact Ms. Roberts by communicating with her downline about this case." 

Roberts continues to assert that Sanford minimized the misconduct and "took no action to investigate" David Golden and Michael Bjorkman — the two agents at the center of the misconduct and the subjects of a bombshell New York Times investigation into eXp and sexual assault claims published in December. 

An eXp spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuits.

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