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May 29, 2012

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.
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Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
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Firm Secures Defense Verdict for City of Allentown in Federal Court

Allentown, PA (May 29, 2012) - After a three-day trial, the City of Allentown, represented by Steven Hoffman, a Member of the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Litigation Department, received a jury verdict in its favor in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The trial was held before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arnold Rapoport in the U.S. Courthouse in Allentown.

Hoffman, assisted throughout the trial by Edward Easterly, an associate with the firm, successfully defended the City in an employment discrimination suit against allegations of gender discrimination and retaliation. Specifically, the plaintiff a former employee of the City's Tax Bureau contended that male employees of the Tax Bureau received more favorable treatment than the female employees. The plaintiff contended that after compiling a list of allegedly favorable treatment afforded male employees and being interviewed by the City's Human Resources Department about a complaint of gender discrimination, she was terminated. The City strongly denied these allegations. Hoffman and Easterly produced extensive evidence before the federal jury that the plaintiff was not discriminated or retaliated against, but that she was terminated for committing repeated violations of City policies, which ultimately resulted in lost tax revenue.

The Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Labor and Employment Department covers the entire spectrum of employer/employee relations issues. With wide-reaching experience in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law, its attorneys represent clients in a variety of capacities—as advisors, negotiators, advocates, and litigators. They have extensive litigation experience with respect to employment discrimination and harassment claims involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. In this regard, they regularly represent clients before courts and administrative agencies at the state and federal levels. They also have extensive experience defending wrongful termination claims and claims involving alleged violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Law, and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law.

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