Deborah K. Marcuse is the Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Baltimore office and a co-Chair of the firm’s Title VII Practice. She represents employees in individual and class actions addressing a wide range of employment disputes, including suits alleging discrimination, unlawful termination, unlawful denial of promotions, unequal pay, wage and hour violations, and hostile work environments related to race, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, pregnancy, religion, and disability. Deborah has negotiated and secured significant monetary awards for law firm partners and associates, high level corporate executives and other clients with discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims in the legal, pharmaceutical, financial, manufacturing and commercial real estate sectors.
She is currently Lead Counsel in Does v. Morrison & Forster LLP (N.D. California) a gender, pregnancy and maternity discrimination class action on behalf of female attorneys at the BigLaw giant, and Smith, et al. v Merck & Co., Inc. (D.N.J.), a gender discrimination class action filed on behalf of thousands of female pharmaceutical sales representatives nationwide.
Among her individual employment cases, Deborah represents the former Head of Americas Research at Cushman & Wakefield in a lawsuit alleging age and gender discrimination and retaliation by the commercial real estate behemoth. She also represents current and former female partners and associates at several of the most prominent law firms around the country in their individual and class claims of gender discrimination and retaliation against their employers.
As part of the firm’s Criminal/Sexual Violence practice, Deborah also represents students and professors at secondary schools and universities who have been victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, other forms of gender discrimination and retaliation, in violation of Title IX and other federal and state laws.
Deborah regularly speaks on issues relating to employment discrimination and class action practice, including pay equity and the particular challenges faced by women in the legal industry. She is actively involved in the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, where she serves as a co-Chair of the Class and Collective Action Practice Group. Deborah has co-authored Supreme Court amicus briefs on behalf of women’s rights organizations and individuals in Mach Mining v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and on behalf of LGBT student organizations at undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Last updated October 2018