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Docs in EEOC Case Detail 12-Year Pay Battle Between Onetime 'Life Partner' and Kelley Drye

As a pay battle between an 81-year-old labor and employment partner of Kelley Drye & Warren and the law firm nears its 12th anniversary, documents released Monday pursuant to a federal court order detail some of the issues in the age discrimination case.

Arguing that he was being treated unfairly by being forced to become a “life partner” at age 70 or so and then paid less than he would have been if evaluated on the $2.3 million in collections he said he had brought in that year, Eugene D’Ablemont wondered in “what may or may not be a sarcastic tone,” the Am Law Daily reported, in a December 2000 memo if he would get a bonus, or if his wife would have to continue to wear her “threadbare cloth coat.”

The firm has since changed its policy, and old partners are no longer required to change their status at a given age. Hence, D’Ablemont is listed as a partner on the firm’s attorney roster.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has championed D’Ablemont’s cause, and the Manhattan federal district court case reportedly appeared to be nearing a settlement earlier this month.

Earlier coverage: “EEOC Sues Kelley Drye, Says Pay Policy for Older Lawyers Discriminates & Seeks Sweeping Relief” “Kelley Drye Defends De-Equitization of Older Lawyers in Lawsuit Response” “Kelley Drye Drops De-Equitization Policy for Older Lawyers, Says EEOC Wanted Change” “Kelley Drye and EEOC May Be Near Settlement of Partner Age-Discrimination Case”

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