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"A Forest Hills law firm has agreed to settle a second sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a rare occurrence.

"The agency announced the latest settlement last week with Rappaport Hertz Cherson & Rosenthal. The EEOC had sued on behalf of Melissa Castillo, a Bronx resident who worked as a paralegal for the law firm from May 2003 to August 2004.

"The EEOC attorney handling the latest litigation said the agency sued because of Castillo's allegations and because Rappaport had violated a three-year consent decree it signed in December 2003, prohibiting it from sexual harassment. That decree was still in effect when the agency brought the second lawsuit in 2005 in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn."

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