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October 6, 2011 6:39 PM

Proskauer: Former CFO's $10 Million Discrimination Suit 'Meritless'

Posted by Claire Zillman

Proskauer Rose responded late Thursday to a discrimination suit filed Wednesday by its former chief financial officer, Elly Rosenthal, who is seeking $10 million in damages. 

"We were disappointed to learn that a former employee, Elly Rosenthal, has filed a suit against the firm," Proskauer said in a statement provided by a firm spokesman. "Any assertion that Ms. Rosenthal's employment was affected because of her gender, age, or claimed disability is meritless. Many of our high-level managerial and administrative positions are held by women over the age of 50, and we have steadfastly supported our colleagues who have suffered illnesses or otherwise needed accommodation related to disability. We regret that Ms. Rosenthal has taken this step but we are confident that our actions will be vindicated by an independent decision maker."

As The Am Law Daily reported Wednesday, Rosenthal, who worked at Proskauer for 18 years—16 of them as CFO—filed suit in New York State court this week claiming that the firm demoted and ultimately fired her because of her gender, her age, and a perceived disability following a medical leave during which she was treated for breast cancer.

Rosenthal states in her complaint that "Proskauer's abrupt dismissal of Ms. Rosenthal, without warning of any kind, despite her nearly two decades of loyal service to the firm, constitutes malicious or reckless indifferent treatment."

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This could get rather entertaining. I once did a special Visual Basic program for Proskauer for the express purpose of helping them defend clients against "disparate impact" claims -- race, gender, age. I bet if you loaded up their own employee history file as the data set, they couldn't even defend themselves. Literally.

One should take a headcount of the women to men ratio in all areas of Proskauer - vindicated..... highly unlikely

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