McDermott Faces Age Bias Suit From Laid-Off Staffer

Law360, New York (May 19, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT) -- A former billing specialist at McDermott Will & Emery LLP has accused the firm of age discrimination for firing her as part of a round of layoffs, then hiring younger, less experienced staffers.

Plaintiff Barbara Badakshanian alleges in a complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that the firm's practices violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

McDermott laid off Badakshanian, then 50, as part of a reduction in force on Feb. 23, 2009, the suit says. Soon after,...
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