Ex-Johnston Barton Atty Alleges Sex, Race Bias

Law360, New York (June 1, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT) -- A former nonequity partner with Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP slapped the firm with a gender and race bias suit in Alabama on Wednesday, claiming that Johnston Barton lodged an ethics complaint against her in retaliation for complaining about discrimination.

Shayana Boyd Davis says that she was the first black female attorney hired by Birmingham, Ala.-based Johnston Barton, which allegedly had a pattern and practice of discriminating based on sex, race and pregnancy. Male attorneys at the firm generally make more than women, regardless of...
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