Biglaw Accomplice Information Lawsuit Alleging Agency’s Dedication To Variety Is ‘Mere Pretense’

Former Polsinelli chapter associate Trey A. Monsour has filed a lawsuit in opposition to the agency alleging sexual orientation and age discrimination. Monsour, now a associate at Fox Rothschild, says the agency failed to supply him affiliate and administrative help, lowered his compensation, and even de-equitized his partnership earlier than changing him with a heterosexual lady. All of which is alleged to be a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and fraudulent inducement.

The criticism alleges that Polsinelli, with a view to attraction to progressive purchasers and it fight its “Midwestern, ‘good outdated boys’ status,” touted its variety however the lawsuit alleges that dedication is “farcical” and “mere pretense.”

As reported by ABA Journal, the lawsuit factors to Polsinelli’s variety numbers in help of the allegations:

As proof, the swimsuit says Polsinelli has low numbers for hiring and selling minorities to management positions when in comparison with different high regulation corporations in the US.

In accordance with the swimsuit, Polsinelli reported in 2019 that not less than 72% of its companions had been white heterosexual males; 22% of its companions had been white heterosexual girls; lower than of its companions 2% had been members of the LGBTQ neighborhood; and, at most, 7% of its companions had been amongst all different minority teams mixed, together with veterans.

The criticism alleges Monsour was unable to obtain a lot in the way in which of administrative or affiliate help, and when he complained about it, the scenario worsened. The lawsuit goes on to explain incidents which Monsour says illustrate the poor remedy he obtained:

In a single occasion, nobody on the agency instructed Monsour in regards to the departure of a lawyer working in a considerable capability on one in every of his issues, in response to the swimsuit. As a substitute, Monsour realized about it from outdoors co-counsel on the morning of an necessary listening to. When Monsour expressed issues, a division chair “condescendingly requested” in an e-mail whether or not Monsour “was capable of keep ‘calm,’” the swimsuit says.

In one other “unusual episode” in fall 2019, Monsour’s enterprise and private recordsdata had been misplaced when the Houston workplace relocated to a brand new house in the identical constructing, the swimsuit says. The misplaced paperwork included shopper recordsdata, contracts and private recordsdata containing his will and energy of legal professional. No different legal professional recordsdata had been misplaced.

In March of 2020, Monsour was fired from Polsinelli, regardless of what he characterizes as glorious work product and outperforming different attorneys on “clear, quantifiable metrics.” The criticism says when Monsour requested for a cause why he was let go, he was instructed he’s “troublesome to work with.” Taken collectively, the lawsuit alleges what Monsour skilled was discriminatory, “a truth starkly punctuated by derogatory feedback by agency leaders concerning homosexual staff that Mr. Monsour overheard firsthand.”

Chase Simmons, chairman and CEO of Polsinelli, mentioned the “allegations are outrageous.”

“The agency will vigorously defend itself in opposition to these faulty and defamatory expenses,” Simmons mentioned. “We are going to accomplish that with the details, relying totally on Mr. Monsour’s personal phrases and actions. They’ll paint a really totally different story.”


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