[Author: Anne Cullen]
Law360 Pulse reporter Anne Cullen recently interviewed Flaster Greenberg Labor & Employment Shareholder Susie Cirilli for expert insight on some of the recent movies and TV shows that, as Anne writes, “experts say offer lessons for discrimination law attorneys.”
Law360 Report Anne Cullen writes “The 2021 documentary, which was titled after a rallying cry for the team, follows the players’ legal fight for equal pay, including the blockbuster wage discrimination complaint they filed in early 2019 against the federation, just before they dominated the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”
Susie says, “While many folks know about equal pay, the general public may not know the actual elements of these claims. This documentary does a wonderful job explaining the cause of action for equal pay.”
She adds: “The documentary offers an important behind-the-scenes look at the difficulties of filing a discrimination lawsuit, as interviews with the players showcase the pushback each faced.
This film also accurately shows how stressful litigation can be for the individuals bringing the claim. The USWNT has such a following and to have the players honestly discuss their own experience is invaluable and educational.”
On the Basis of Sex and RBG
On the Basis of Sex (2018) is a true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to re-nomination and confirmation as US Supreme Court Associate Justice. Experts say her life story profiles the challenges female attorneys face breaking the glass ceiling and also offers lessons on how to be a better lawyer.
Susie says about the film: “It is such an important reminder that the only way to be an effective advocate is to know the law. Her creativity in applying the law to effectuate change is inspiring.”
Read Anne Cullen’s entire Law360 article including insight from attorneys on Hidden Figures, The Assistant, and Mythic Quest.
Susie has more than 10 years of experience working with employers and employees to resolve employment and labor-related matters including hostile work environment claims and issues related to gender discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, race discrimination, pregnancy, and disability.
This article originally ran on Law360 – Employment Authority on August 1, 2022. All rights reserved.