One of Boston’s largest defense law firms finds itself in the same position as its clients: defending a lawsuit. In December 2007, Kamee Verdrager filed a gender discrimination and retaliation Charge of Discrimination with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) against Mintz Levin. Ironically, Ms. Verdrager is an associate in Mintz Levin’s employment law department where she defends claims brought against employers.
In her Charge, Ms. Verdrager details the repeated instances of gender bias that she allegedly experienced since the start of her employment in 2004. The Charge names Mintz Levin as a firm and also the following partners on an individual basis: David Barmak, Robert Gault, and Donald Schroeder.
Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly reported on this case in an article entitled, Mintz, Levin associate hits firm with MCAD bias complaint. According to the article, Mintz Levin is no stranger to gender discrimination allegations:
In 2005, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a jury had acted permissibly on the evidence in finding that Mintz, Levin’s Reston, Va., office had retaliated against a female employee, attorney Dawn M. Gallina — by deferring a pay increase and ultimately terminating her — because of her continued complaints of gender discrimination.
Given the factual issues at stake and the need for extensive discovery, we expect this case to be pulled out of the MCAD and wind up in Superior Court. To learn more about the MCAD process, please visit our post entitled, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) Issues Probable Cause Finding in Handicap Discrimination Case.