Mayer Brown Seeks Ex-Paralegal's Employment File at Other Jobs to Defend Hard-Fought Age Case

Seeking to defend itself aggressively in a hard-fought age discrimination suit brought by a former $88,000-a-year paralegal in its Washington, D.C., office, Mayer Brown is seeking to discover portions of Mary Ellen Hindin’s employment file for other jobs she has held.

Among the well-known firms served with subpoenas seeking Hindin’s time records, evaluations and compensation record, among other information, are Nixon Peabody, Hunton & Williams and the Brookings Institution, reports the Blog of Legal Times.

Hindin, 58, contends she was the victim of age discrimination when Mayer Brown brought in a 22- or 23-year-old contract worker from an employment agency in the midst of what the firm descries as a work slowdown and then fired her.

Her counsel in the D.C. Superior Court suit is seeking to quash the subpoenas seeking her employment records from other jobs. However, Mayer Brown contends that Hindin waived confidentiality and put the records squarely at issue because she “brought this suit and herself put the issues of her performance, emotional state and potential damages in play.”

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