Jones Day Says It Fired Atty For Threats, Not Leave Request

Law360 (February 24, 2021, 1:29 PM EST) -- Jones Day's decision to fire an associate who complained about the firm's leave policies was above board, the company said, arguing the attorney was dismissed for "extortionately threatening" the firm in his demand, not for the request itself.

The BigLaw powerhouse is facing a lawsuit in D.C. federal court from married former associates Mark Savignac and Julia Sheketoff, who say the firm's family leave policy discriminates against fathers by giving them eight weeks' less time than the 18 weeks that mothers get.

The couple behind the case are looking to notch a win ahead of discovery on one of their retaliation claims in...

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