Smith Barney Loses Discovery Battle In Sex Bias Suit

Law360, New York (June 7, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT) -- Citigroup Global Markets Inc. unit Smith Barney LLC must hand over employee information to a former financial adviser who sued the company alleging it discriminated against her based on her gender, a federal judge has ruled.

In a brief order filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Judge Elizabeth Laporte said plaintiff Leah Bullen was entitled to a response of a discovery interrogatory seeking employee information to build class certification arguments.

Smith Barney, which employed 77 female bank-based financial advisers...
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