Griesing's suit, which seeks $200 million in damages, follows an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finding that the agency has "reasonable cause to believe" the firm discriminated against women. At Friday's hearing, Plevan noted that the EEOC, which took three years to reach its decision, relied solely on a "box of documents" and has not interviewed any Greenberg attorneys.
Greenberg executive committee member Hilarie Bass called the suit "an affront to the accomplished, talented women of Greenberg Traurig," in an earlier statement provided to the Intelligencer. "It is nothing more than a financially motivated publicity stunt without merit, backed by neither fact nor law," Bass said.
For now, Francine Friedman Griesing is the only plaintiff in the case, but her attorney, David Sanford, said he and his client expect others to join.
Sara Randazzo writes for The Am Law Daily, a Daily Report affiliate.