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Case Name Griesing v. Greenberg Traurig EE-NY-0270
Docket / Court 1:12-cv-08734 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On December 3, 2012, a female partner in a law firm filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against her law firm on behalf of herself and a class of females employees of her law firm similarly situated under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S. ... read more >
On December 3, 2012, a female partner in a law firm filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against her law firm on behalf of herself and a class of females employees of her law firm similarly situated under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e, et. seq, and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 as amended by the Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d). The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, alleged that defendant discriminated against female attorneys in the law firm and specifically retaliated against plaintiff for filing this class action. The plaintiff asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief; back pay, front pay, and pre-judgment interest; compensatory damages; nominal, liquidated and punitive damages; and attorneys' fees and costs.

Specifically plaintiff alleged that defendant engaged in discrimination against female partners by: [1] assigning them to lower positions in the company than similarly situated males and [2] establishing a system where women were paid less, less able to gain origination credit for new clients due to males sharing credit among other males but not with females, and less access to opportunity to pitch to new clients than similarly situated males. Further plaintiff alleged that defendant retaliated against her for filling an EEOC action by first reducing plaintiff's opportunities within the company and the creating an "intolerable work environment" and eventually by wrongfully firing plaintiff from her job in the firm.

On January 15, 2013, plaintiff filed an amended complaint noting that on January 11, she was granted the right to sue by the EEOC.

On May 24, 2013, the District Court (Judge William H. Pauley, III) entered a stipulation to dismiss the case. The parties agreed to a private settlement and the terms of that settlement have not been disclosed.

Brian Kempfer - 11/15/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 201-219
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) Greenberg Traurig LLP
Plaintiff Description Female partner in a law firm
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Moot
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:12-cv-8734 (S.D.N.Y.) 05/24/2013
EE-NY-0270-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 12/03/2012
EE-NY-0270-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Class Action Complaint 01/15/2013
EE-NY-0270-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
STIPULATION OF WITHDRAWAL AND DISMISSAL WITH PREJUDICE 05/24/2013 (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0270-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Pauley, William H. III (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0270-0003 | EE-NY-0270-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Heisler, Jeremy (New York)
EE-NY-0270-0001 | EE-NY-0270-0002 | EE-NY-0270-9000
Kimpel, Katherine M. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0270-0001 | EE-NY-0270-0002 | EE-NY-0270-0003 | EE-NY-0270-9000
Mueting, Katie (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0270-0001 | EE-NY-0270-0002 | EE-NY-0270-0003 | EE-NY-0270-9000
Sanford, David W. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0270-0001 | EE-NY-0270-0002 | EE-NY-0270-0003 | EE-NY-0270-9000
Sullivan, Jill M. (California)
EE-NY-0270-0001 | EE-NY-0270-0002 | EE-NY-0270-9000
Wipper, Janette Lynn (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0270-0001 | EE-NY-0270-0002 | EE-NY-0270-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lamparello, Patrick J (New York)
EE-NY-0270-0003 | EE-NY-0270-9000
Plevan, Bettina Barasch (New York)
EE-NY-0270-0003 | EE-NY-0270-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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