Blank Rome law firm is accused of gender discrimination

By Bree Gonzales | Nov 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A female employee is suing Blank Rome LLP and Laurence Liss, law firm and CTO, citing alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Marion Letterie filed a complaint on Nov. 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the defendants, alleging they retaliated against plaintiff for making internal complaints of gender discrimination and unlawfully terminated her.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that despite her excellent work performance, defendants regularly subjected her to negative performance feedback due to her gender. Her internal complaints were ignored and have been refused to address by the Blank Rome, the suit says. 

In April 2017, Letterie says she filed her first external complaint of discrimination with the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. Four months after, she was included in the six employees that were terminated as part of a restructuring, she says.

The plaintiff holds Blank Rome LLP and Laurence Liss responsible because the defendants allegedly treated the plaintiff differently than similarly situated male employees which violate her civil and human rights.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks reinstatement to her prior post and award her full wages and benefits commensurate with that position without gender bias, compensation for past and future losses, liquidated damages, punitive damages, pre-judgment interest, all costs, disbursements, and attorney's fees. She is represented by Julie Uebler of Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores LLC in Philadelphia.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 2:18-cv-04720-CMR.

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