2women attorneys in violation of Title VII and the Equal Pay Act by compensating women—including Plaintiff Griesing—less than similarly situated male counterparts and treating Ms.Griesing and class members less favorably than similarly situated male shareholders.2.
Such a finding is extremely rare. For example, in 2011, the EEOC foundreasonable cause in only 3.8% of
investigations, including both individual and class charges.
Moreover, the EEOC also found that GT retaliated against Ms. Griesing becauseshe raised concerns about GT’s discrimination.
GT’S DISCRIMINATION IS PARTICULARLY SEVERE, EVEN IN THECONTEXT OF AN INDUSTRY-WIDE PROBLEM OF GENDERDISCRIMINATION AGAINST FEMALE ATTORNEYS.
The “glass ceiling” remains firmly in place at large law firms. A recent AmericanBar Association study found that at law firms nationwide, female attorneys comprise 45 percentof law firm associates, but only 15 percent of equity partners.
(At GT, the title “shareholder” isthe equivalent to the title “partner” at other law firms.)5.
A 2012 survey by a national law firm consulting organization found that, onaverage, law firms compensated male partners $237,000 more per year than female partners,meaning women earn at least $7,000,000 less than their male counterparts over the course of their careers
In yet another survey, a majority of female partners reported being denied theirfair share of client origination credit, and a shocking thirty percent reported they were subjectedto intimidation, threats or bullying after disputing the allocation of origination credits.
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“A Current Glance at Women in the Law 2012,”
Commission on Women in the Profession, American Bar Association
, Jan. 2012 (available at www.abanet.org/women).
“2012 Partner Compensation Survey,” Major, Lindsey & Africa (available at www.mlaglobal.com).
“New Millennium, Same Glass Ceiling? The Impact of Law Firm Compensation Systems on Women,” The Projectfor Attorney Retention and Minority Corporate Counsel Association (available at www. attorneyretention.org).