Lawsuit Alleges Firm Scuttled Gay Attorney's Lateral Move

, The Legal Intelligencer


An attorney has sued Philadelphia personal injury firms Anapol Schwartz Weiss Cohan Feldman & Smalley and Raynes McCarty, alleging Raynes McCarty withdrew its job offer to him based on false information it received from Anapol Schwartz after he voiced concerns to Anapol Schwartz leadership about what he believed was discrimination based on his sexual orientation.

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What's being said

  • Terri

    B the way where is "again" post???it seems to have disappeared.

  • Terri

    Not surprised. I worked there as a junior associate for two years. Left without what I was entitled to. Oh I mean "laid off" without what I was entitled to.

  • Burt Wonderstone

    Silly firm, magic tricks are for kids. Way to make a job opportunity disappear!

  • Fbiglaw!

    Homophobic comments are rampant in the big Philadelphia law firms as are sexist and racist comments. These arrogant lawyers seem to think they are above the law. I am happy that someone has the guts to stick up for what they believe. When someone loses a job because a prior firm reaches out to a new employer, they deserve what they receive. LeWinter sounds like a total tool. I also hope that the Plaintiff or someone on his behalf will subpoena the IP address of "Again" and have them answer to a comment that seems to be made without any supporting facts. Could it be counsel for the firm involved? Sounds a little so sad, I doth protest too much.
    Signed: Daddy's Little Girl!

  • Jane Genova

    You did a terrific job covering all the details. I piggypacked on your coverage for my own blog

    I hope you continue bringing us up-to-date.

  • Go figure

    Ironic that a plaintiff's firm would consider a potentially litigious associate to be an undesirable associate.

  • Again?

    Mr. Downs is a pathological liar who has threatened to sue former employers and employees numerous times before.  I can't speak to the facts of this case, but, if the past is any guide, the case is 100% frivolous; alleging homophobia, and making other wildly untrue allegations, has been his go-to move when his baseless money grabs are denied. Homophobia surely exists in some places, and Mr. Downs is doing a true disservice to honest people who face true discrimination.

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