Posted October 5th, 2011.
By Chris Dolmetsch and Sophia Pearson
Proskauer Rose LLP was sued for employment discrimination in New York by former Chief Financial Officer Elly Rosenthal, who accused the law firm of firing her after she took leave for breast cancer treatment.
Rosenthal, 57, of Colts Neck, New Jersey, who served as CFO from 1992 to 2008, filed the lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court inManhattan today, seeking $10 million in compensatory and punitive damages, according to the complaint.
Rosenthal was hired as CFO of the New York-based firm in 1992 and held the position until she was demoted to chief administrative financial officer in September 2008, she said in the complaint. She was fired in March 2011.
“After one of its most senior female employees worldwide was diagnosed with breast cancer and took cancer treatment leave, Proskauer Rose demoted and then terminated her,” Rosenthal’s attorney, David Sanford of list of large U.S. law firms with $645 million in revenue last year. The firm has more than 660 attorneys.
Josh Epstein, a spokesman for Proskauer, didn’t immediately respond to a phone call and e-mail seeking comment on Rosenthal’s complaint.