Merrill Brokers Say Docs Aren’t Privileged In Race Bias Row

Law360, New York (April 10, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT) -- A class of black financial advisers suing Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. for racial discrimination urged an Illinois federal court Tuesday to order Merrill to produce documents allegedly relevant to their allegations, accusing Merrill of asserting a baseless claim of “ombudsman privilege.”

The plaintiffs urged the court to grant their March 25 motion to compel documents relating to Merrill's “Confidential Workplace Advisor,” which the company called a “corporate ombudsman” that gave workers a confidential forum to discuss workplace concerns and seek advice. The CWA was established...
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