Sedgwick Partner’s Gender Bias Case Sent To Arbitration

Law360, New York (November 3, 2016, 3:45 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday ordered a Sedgwick LLP partner to arbitrate her proposed gender discrimination class action against the firm, saying her partnership agreement requires disputes arising from the contract to follow an alternative dispute resolution procedure.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup said non-equity partner Traci Ribeiro’s allegations that Sedgwick’s all-male leadership team denied her and other women equal pay and promotions must be heard by an arbitrator to determine whether the dispute is arbitrable, and whether the arbitration clause in her 2012 partnership agreement is enforceable. Judge Alsup shot down contentions by Ribeiro that the district court must...

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