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Sex bias suit airs law firm’s allegedly dirty laundry

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After the EEOC concluded that a female partner in the Philadelphia office of the Greenberg Traurig law firm had been underpaid by $50,000, she decided to get even. She is suing the international firm, seeking $1 million in lost pay and damages—and class-action status on behalf of the firm’s 200 other female lawyers.

Greenberg Traurig asked the woman to resign after she filed her complaint with the EEOC in 2009. She has since established her own firm. In her complaint, she claims her 2008 bonus was $100,000 smaller than comparable bonuses paid to male attorneys.

Her lawsuit allegedly quotes the firm’s CEO as saying female partners were “worthless” and that only “tall, male and Jewish” lawyers brought in business. She also alleges that many of the more successful female attorneys carried on sexual relationships with men in the firm.

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