A former DEI leader at Armstrong Teasdale is suing the Am Law 200 firm in Missouri state court, describing numerous instances of race and gender-based discrimination allegedly perpetuated by the firm’s former managing partner, Patrick Rasche, and several other firm leaders.

The complaint, filed on June 30 in the St. Louis, Missouri, Circuit Court by former vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion Sonji Young, claims that leaders at the firm impeded her efforts to push forward various diversity initiatives, and cites a larger pattern of racism at the firm. Young outlines several complaints allegedly forwarded to her from associates who decided to depart after facing discrimination.