$100M Sex Bias Suit Barred By Contract: Cigna

Law360, New York (May 16, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT) -- An employee seeking $100 million for alleged widespread sex discrimination at Cigna Corp. must arbitrate her claims rather than pursue a proposed class action in Massachusetts federal court, the health insurer argued Monday.

Bretta Karp, a senior contract negotiator who joined Cigna in 1997, brought the suit in March on behalf of potentially thousands of female employees whom she claims have faced a hostile work environment and discriminatory promotion, training and pay practices.

In a motion to dismiss, Cigna contended that Karp must proceed individually before...
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