Sullivan settles gay discrimination claim

Sullivan & Cromwell has settled out of court with former New York associate Aaron Charney, who sued the firm for sexual orientation discrimination earlier this year.

Former Sullivan M&A associate Charney filed his suit for undisclosed damages against Sullivan on 16 January, claiming a number of senior level partners discriminated against him after discovering he is gay.

Sullivan then responded by firing Charney and filing a counter suit against him on 1 February claiming the associate had brought the firm into disrepute by publishing grievances on the website, Greedy Associates.

A Sullivan spokesman commented: “Aaron Charney and Sullivan & Cromwell have resolved their differences in connection with all pending disputes between them.”

The confidential settlement comes after the firm moved to dismiss Charney’s suit. In its dismissal Sullivan highlighted Charney destroying his computer, which was considered to be a vital piece of evidence.

Charney was represented by Alterman & Boop partner, Daniel Alterman while Sullivan instructed litigator, Zach Fasman of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.