An ex-partner at US law firm Greenberg Traurig has filed a federal complaint in New York for $200m, claiming that her former firm under-pays women and offers them fewer opportunities than their male colleagues.
Francine Griesing, who worked at the firm's Philadelphia office from 2007 to 2010, alleges that "GT, in short, pays women less, promotes them at lower rates than men and virtually freezes them out from high-level managerial positions
". She points out that all remuneration and promotion decisions are taken by a bunch of all-male partners.
Griesing claims that she was paid $50k less than a male colleague at a similar level, and makes the rather punchy allegation that women "who have intimate relationships with firm leaders
" get more cash and better treatment.
She mentions in her complaint that fewer than 10% of the top partners, those earning around $1m plus, are women.
Back in June the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found "reasonable cause to believe
" that the firm violated law by paying women less and "retaliating
" against Griesing when she complained.
A spokeswoman for the firm said the case was "a financially motivated publicity stunt
", maintaining the firm has an "exemplary record
" of fairness.
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