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Alleged Anti-Woman Comment Sparks Bias Case at Pittsburgh Firm

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

A female attorney specializing in employment and labor law has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against a Pittsburgh law firm, claiming the environment was hostile to women.

She alleges the firm’s general counsel told her the “gals” prepare the cases and the male lawyers try them because clients wanted “gray-haired guys” trying their cases. A board member also told her she should work part time and spend more time with her family.

Her lawsuit further alleges that women are regularly excluded from company functions because they frequently feature sexually explicit entertainment, such as private strip shows. She also said a fellow attorney exposed himself to her on a golf outing.

The firm responded that it prides itself on treating employees fairly, a claim it will have to prove in court. (Will it turn this case over to a gray-haired guy?)  

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