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Two Biglaw firms contend with employment litigation

Proskauer Rose settles discrimination suit, Patton Boggs faces disability bias suit

Just as one Biglaw firm is putting an employment lawsuit to rest, another is facing one head on.

Last week, a Proskauer Rose spokeswoman told Thomson Reuters that the firm had settled a discrimination lawsuit with a former executive employee who claimed the firm demoted and then wrongfully fired her when she returned to work after leaving for breast cancer treatment. Former Proskauer CFO Elly Rosenthal had sued the firm in October 2011 and sought $10 million in damages. The Proskauer spokeswoman didn’t disclose the terms of the deal with Rosenthal.

Patton Boggs, meanwhile, is contending with its own employment suit. Ex-antitrust partner Roy Lessy is suing the firm for disability discrimination, claiming it punished him with lower pay after he suffered a back problem during his employment. Lessy claims his injury required him to work part time and undergo multiple surgeries and physical therapy. He says Patton Boggs withheld payments from him while other healthy co-workers were forgiven for underperformance. Lessy seeks nearly $150,000 in damages.

Read the Wall Street Journal Law Blog for more information.

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