Say goodbye to the class-action gender discrimination lawsuit towards Jones Day.
As you might recall, the purported class-action gender discrimination case alleged a “fraternity culture” on the agency and unequal pay behind the agency’s infamous “black box” compensation system. The plaintiffs had been unfold all through the nation — Nilab Rahyar Tolton, Andrea Mazingo, Meredith Williams, and Jaclyn Stahl labored in California workplaces of the agency, whereas Saira Draper was an affiliate in Atlanta, and Katrina Henderson was within the agency’s New York workplace — and a core allegation is that the identical black container compensation methods saved their pay beneath that of males working on the agency.
After contentious discovery, U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss of the District of Columbia ordered Jones Day to supply plaintiffs with ongoing wage details about each affiliate nationwide from 2012 to 2018. But that knowledge didn’t end up how the plaintiffs anticipated, and after an evaluation, the plaintiffs have determined to drop the class-action claims towards the Biglaw agency, as reported by Law.com:
In a joint status report filed late Monday, attorneys for the six girls suing the agency and for Jones Day indicated the ladies had determined to solid apart the class action claims after analyzing the nationwide analysis and compensation knowledge offered by the agency. They additionally agreed to drop their particular person disparate affect claims associated with the agency’s compensation mannequin, whereas different particular person claims will stay energetic.
Henderson, Draper, and Williams nonetheless have particular person Equal Pay Act claims and there are additionally pending claims under the California Private Attorneys General Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and numerous state and District of Columbia legal guidelines.
Attorney for the plaintiffs, Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Deborah Marcuse, mentioned they’ll proceed to pursue their particular person claims:
“The six named plaintiffs brought this case in the name of transparency and equity in the legal profession and we will continue to vigorously pursue their compelling individual and statutory claims, including their individual claims of unequal pay.”
The agency’s assertion on the newest growth within the case famous the timing of the choice to drop the class-action claims and that they’ll proceed to struggle the person claims:
Jones Day spokesman David Petrou famous that the ladies had been required to submit knowledgeable experiences in early December supporting their allegations that the agency’s analysis and compensation processes led to systemic discrimination towards girls.
“But after their experts analyzed nationwide data for the period 2012–2018, they concluded—as Jones Day has said from the outset of the case’s filing—that there was no basis to pursue these claims,” he mentioned in an e-mail. “The firm will continue to litigate the limited—and equally meritless—claims that remain.”
It’s a quiet finish to the class-action case we as soon as hoped would blow open the agency’s infamous black container compensation system.
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