WilmerHale accused in discrimination suit

January 31, 2013 A lawyer formerly with WilmerHale is bringing a $5 million discrimination suit against the firm, alleging that the firm punished her for taking leave to adopt a child.
 
Pamela Levinson joined Wilmer's Washington DC office in September 2004 as a fourth year associate. In December 2011 she took four-and-a-half months of leave to adopt a 22-month old child, and she was dismissed from the firm in February 2012.
 
Levinson's complaint alleges that the firm violated the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act and the D.C. Human Rights Act for discrimination "because of her age, sex and family responsibilities," as well as for retaliation and wrongful discharge.
 
In a statement, Susan Murley, Wilmer's co-managing partner, said that the claims are "completely without merit and we will vigorously defend the firm."

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