Gay Discrimination Suit Filed Against White-Shoe Law Firm

Aaron Brett Charney, an associate at white-shoe firm Sullivan & Cromwell, filed a lawsuit this morning against his law firm, alleging sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation. Mr. Charney, a graduate of Brown and Columbia Law School, works in S&C’s famed corporate department. As of presstime, his biography was still posted on the firm’s website. According to Mr. Charney, he is still employed at the firm, and is representing himself.

In the documents filed this morning, Charney claims that a partner in the firm tossed a document at Mr. Charney’s feet, and said, “Bend over and pick it up—I’m sure you like that.”

The complaint also alleges discrimination against Canadians.

An assistant to firm chairman H. Rodgin Cohen said he was in a meeting and could not immediately respond.

The complaint is available here for download–PDF, 3.8 MB.
—Anna Schneider-Mayerson