We now know of a fourth ex-staffer of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson suing the firm for discrimination. This case, an updated version of which was filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan, makes broader claims about how the firm decided on which secretaries to lay off in August 2008, court records show.

Judith Cuttler, a former Fried Frank secretary in her early 60s, alleges that Fried Frank discriminated against older secretaries and those who had taken family or medical leave when the firm laid off at least eight secretaries in the summer of 2008, according to court records. Another former Fried Frank secretary, Roseanne Zito, made similar claims in a suit filed last November. Both clients are represented by J. Patrick DeLince of DeLince Law and Daniel Alterman of Alterman & Boop. Bettina Plevan of Proskauer Rose is representing Fried Frank in the Cuttler case and at least one other employment discrimination case. She declined to comment, through her secretary, when contacted on Thursday.

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