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New York paralegal Pansey Lawrence has been accused by her employer, NYC Transit Authority, of hiding her 12-year marriage to her boss, now retired transit lawyer Patrick Leach. The agency has an anti-nepotism clause requiring co-workers to disclose marriages to each other, in part to prevent one family member from supervising another.
The 1996 marriage came to light after Mr. Leach filed two civil suits, including one which accused NYC Transit Authority of age discrimination. The other was against an upstairs neighbor for “excessive noise-making”. The neighbor’s attorney identified Ms. Lawrence as Mr. Leach’s wife in court papers. Ms. Lawrence is currently suspended without pay. The couple could face criminal prosecution if the agency’s investigation turns up evidence that they “falsified time sheets or collected pay for time not actually worked.”