BigLaw's Pay Traditions May Fuel Gender Bias Fire

Law360, New York (September 1, 2016, 9:55 PM EDT) -- At least three major U.S. law firms have been hit with gender discrimination suits so far in 2016, a phenomenon experts say is likely fueled by murky and subjective methods of determining partner pay that are pervasive in the legal industry.

In the latest suit, filed Wednesday, Chadbourne & Parke LLP partner Kerrie Campbell brought a $100 million class claim against her firm, saying an "all-male dictatorship" makes biased pay decisions that are discriminatory toward the firm's female partners. One month earlier, Sedgwick LLP partner Traci Ribeiro slammed her firm with similar allegations, and in January, former partner Michele Burke Craddock...

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