9th Circ. Questions Sex Bias Claim In San Diego Pension Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (April 10, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT) -- A Ninth Circuit judge raised concerns Tuesday that a proposed class action is too speculative in alleging the city of San Diego's retirement plan discriminates against women by giving extra benefits to married employees, suggesting single men may be at the same disadvantage.

U.S. Circuit Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld questioned a statistical analysis used to support named plaintiff Janet Wood's contention that San Diego's surviving spouse continuance benefit, which provides a monthly benefit to the retiree’s surviving spouse, unfairly benefits male employees because they are more...
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