Latham & Watkins has reached a settlement with a former legal secretary who accused the firm of pregnancy discrimination.
Demetria Peart, who worked at the firm’s Washington office as a legal secretary from April 2007 to January 2008, said she was fired because the firm didn't want to make accommodations while she was pregnant. The firm denied discriminating against Peart, and argued the case should be dismissed because Peart failed to meet the minimum legal standards to support her claims.
In late October, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer said Peart could move ahead with some of her claims. Yesterday, lawyers for Peart and the firm notified the judge they had reached an agreement and planned to jointly ask the court to dismiss the case.