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McDermott, Will & Emery is the latest law firm to face a lawsuit connected to recession-related layoffs, with a former billing specialist claiming the firm fired her because of her age, according to a complaint filed late Monday in federal court in Chicago.

In her suit, plaintiff Barbara Badakshanian says McDermott laid her off in February 2009 as part of broader staff cuts. But Badakshanian, who was 50 and had worked at the firm for eight years when she lost her job, claims the firm soon hired younger employees at a lower cost to do billing work she had been doing, and that McDermott’s stated reasons for terminating her were “false.” A firm spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the suit.

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