A former Quarles & Brady associate, Luis Ram�rez, has sued the firm claiming he was the victim of discrimination and retaliation. The individual complaint, filed Thursday in Arizona federal district court in Phoenix, alleges that Ram�rez, a Hispanic of Dominican heritage, and other minority associates were passed over for assignments by partners who preferred to give work to nonminorities.
In the 13-page complaint, Ram�rez — who is representing himself pro se — writes that his performance reviews and those of other minority attorneys “were unduly more critical than the evaluations of nonminority associates, contained generalizations and stereotypes based on race and national origin, and false assertions that were not verified for accuracy.” Ram�rez claims that after he complained of discrimination within the firm, he was blackballed from work on certain clients, including “an international package delivery company,” which he alleges was one of the firm’s largest clients. The complaint claims that his termination from Quarles was based on evaluations “that were manufactured and not based on fact.”
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