Attys Suing Jones Day Say 'Black Box' System Hurts Women

Law360 (August 23, 2019, 6:46 PM EDT) -- Female lawyers suing Jones Day told a D.C. federal court that the firm was wrong to say their discrimination and retaliation claims should be thrown out, arguing the proposed class action has sufficiently supported its argument that the firm's culture of secrecy disadvantages women.

The women argued Thursday that their complaint adequately lays out the ways in which Jones Day's so-called "black box" system — which includes secrecy around pay, an animosity toward grievances, and the consolidation of decision-making power with the managing partner — has a discriminatory effect on female attorneys.

"Plaintiffs plead detailed factual allegations about both Jones Day's systemic practices...

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