Labor and Employment

Honigman Settles with Ex-Assistant Who Said She Injured Her Back While Wearing Required High Heels


A Detroit-based law firm has settled on undisclosed terms a federal discrimination lawsuit brought by a former executive assistant who alleged that she injured her back while wearing high heels Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn required of female employees, reports Crain’s Detroit Business.

Denise Fitzhenry sued both the firm and vice chairman Alan Schwartz, for whom she formerly worked as executive assistant, claiming discrimination. She contended she was demoted and eventually fired after the heels caused a severe back injury.

Her suit, which was filed in federal court in Detroit, alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, gender discrimination and retaliation.

Counsel for the firm declined to comment to the Am Law Daily.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Law Firm Accused of Being ‘Mad Men’ Throwback - Requiring Heels, Then Discriminating After Injury”

ABAJournal.com: “Law Firm Facing High-Heels Injury Suit Is Now Gearing Up for E-Mail Discovery Dispute”

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