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Former Staff Attorney Sues Quinn Emanuel, Alleges Race Discrimination in Assignments, Retaliation


A former staff attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has sued the law firm for race discrimination and retaliation.

Kisshia Simmons-Grant says in her federal district court suit that the law firm gave work to less qualified white staff attorneys while she went without assignments and hence was not paid, Reuters reports. She also contends the firm retaliated against her when she complained of discrimination, among other allegations.

The suit was filed Friday in the Southern District of New York. Simmons-Grant worked in the law firm’s New York office from 2006 to 2010.

Robert Juman, a Quinn partner, called the suit frivolous in an email to Reuters.

James Halter of Liddle & Robinson represents Simmons-Grant. He declined to comment.

Simmons-Grant is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and is now a solo practitioner in New York City.

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