NYC lawyer sues former firm for sexual stereotyping

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Citing “repulsive harassment and discrimination,” attorney Julie Kamps has sued her former employer, the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, for $50 million.

Kamps claims she suffered derogatory, anti-gay remarks from management and co-workers because she wore men’s shirts at work. She said she was told her clothing didn’t “fit into typical feminine stereotypes.”

After she filed charges with the EEOC, Kamps said material on the firm’s web site labeled her “fugly” and “fat.”

If that turns out to be true, Kamps may have an easier time making her case. Only some federal circuits recognize sexual stereotyping as discriminatory under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. But, all of them handle retaliation claims.

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