Ex-Associate's Suit Can Proceed Against Flaster Greenberg
Jones claimed in the complaint that she made several fruitless attempts to address these issues with Calderone and other shareholders, as well as the firm's human resources director.
On Nov. 2, 2012, according to the complaint, Jones received a performance review "which was largely positive and encouraging."
But on Nov. 9, 2012, the complaint said, Jones made a formal complaint to the firm's human resources department about the hostile work environment.
On Nov. 30, 2012, eight months after joining the firm, Jones was fired based on her "'performance,'" according to the complaint.
Jones alleged in the complaint that she has "incurred a loss of income and severe financial hardship" along with "an impairment of her professional reputation."
According to the complaint, Jones had been a solo attorney in Chicago when she was contacted by a recruiter on behalf of Flaster Greenberg in January 2012.
At the time, according to the complaint, Jones was not looking to join a new firm and had no intention of moving from Illinois.
Jones said in the complaint that she accepted the position largely based on the firm's promise that she would be mentored and trained by senior attorneys and shareholders.
According to the complaint, Jones "wanted to obtain training and experience as a patent attorney."
"Plaintiff moved 765 miles from her home in Illinois, closed her established law practice and left behind all of her family and friends in order to work as an associate attorney for defendant in Philadelphia," the complaint said, adding that because Jones does not have a license to practice in Pennsylvania, she "will be required to study, apply to and take the Pennsylvania bar examination in order to remain and practice in Pennsylvania."