A class action lawsuit has been filed by a former Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC shareholder who alleges that the law firm systematically pays female attorneys less than men. The lawsuit also alleges that the plaintiff was fired, because she urged other women at the firm to complain about pay inequity and harassment.

The suit is filed in state court in California. There is currently a federal gender discrimination class action lawsuit pending against Ogletree that was filed by a different former attorney. The parties in that case are litigating whether the case must be referred to arbitration.

The state court claims were brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act. The law lets individuals seek monetary damages over violations of the California Labor Code on behalf of themselves and other employees or the state of California.

The case is Tracy Warren et al. v. Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC et al., case number 37-2019-00004338, in the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego.

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