Ex-city attorney sues Law Department, claiming she was fired over her postpartum depression
The litigators have become the litigated.
A former city attorney has sued the city Law Department for wrongful termination and discrimination.
Susan Eisner charged in a suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court this week that her supervisors, including former Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo, engineered her ouster thanks to a diagnosed case of severe postpartum depression in 2009.
A supervisor told her she was “not high-functioning” and that “no magic pill can fix you,” Eisner claims.
She says her bosses improperly relied on her poor job performance during the worst of her illness for subsequent reviews, which came after she had her anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder under control.
Eisner, whose final position in the department was within the appeals division, says she been blacklisted since she was fired in 2013 and can’t even get an interview at any city agencies’ legal division.
The attorney worked for the city for 13 years. She said efforts to handle the alleged discrimination internally went nowhere.
She seeks an order restoring her job at the Law Department, as well as damages to exceed $8 million.
“We are reviewing the suit and preparing a response,” Law Department spokesman Nick Paolucci said.
Both Eisner and her attorney declined to comment.