Monthly Archives: March 2016

Yet Another Discrimination Lawsuit for Cushman & Wakefield

The leading global real estate services firm, Cushman & Wakefield, is facing its third gender and age discrimination lawsuit since 2013. Most recently involving 47-year-old Hongmei “Janice”Li who alleges she was discriminated against and fired due to her race, age, and sex. In her discrimination lawsuit she is seeking compensation for back pay, front pay, and damages for “emotional distress” amounting to more than $4 million.

In this case, Li, of Chinese origin, claims she was demoted, then wrongfully terminated and replaced by a 39-year-old white English male with “less knowledge, tenure, and relevant experience” as noted in her complaint. Cushman informed her that she was “too senior” for the position. Li was also subjected to racist remarks about her Chinese origin as well as being made fun of due to her accent.

Lawsuits of this nature are no stranger to Cushman & Wakefield and as the plaintiff claims, they have “become infamous for discriminating in employment against women, older people and minorities.” In 2013, former COO Suzy Reingold filed a discrimination lawsuit alleging she was passed over for a promotion on the basis of gender and age. In 2015, Maria Sicola, another executive filed a $40 million discrimination lawsuit claiming she was pushed out and replaced by a 39-year old male with little to no management experience.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing discrimination or harassment in the workplace that ultimately resulted in a wrongful termination, give the employment lawyers at Fitapelli & Schaffer a call at 212-300-0375 for a free phone consultation or visit our website at You’ll have the opportunity to speak with one of our experienced attorneys and address your issues and concerns.