Pamela Levinson, a former attorney at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP has filed a $5 million gender and age discrimination lawsuit against the Washington, DC law firm.
Levinson claims that she was fired because of her gender and age while she took time off to adopt a Chinese baby. Levinson also alleges that WilmerHale denied her raises and bonuses that she was entitled to.
According to the complaint, “Despite her history of positive job performance, in February 2012, shortly after going on protected leave in December 2011, [Levinson] received a markedly negative performance review for the first time, which resulted in a reduction in her bonus. [WilmerHale] used this review as a pretext to terminate [Levinson] while she was on protected leave.”
WilmerHale said that Levinson’s claims “are completely without merit” and that the firm intends to defend itself against them.