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Ogletree shareholder hits firm with $300 mln sex bias class action

Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart was hit with a proposed class action accusing the Atlanta-based employment law firm of operating an “old boys’ club” that systematically underpays female shareholders and denies them the same opportunities as their male colleagues.

Dawn Knepper, a non-equity shareholder in the firm’s Orange County office, filed a lawsuit on Friday in San Francisco federal court alleging the firm violated state and federal anti-bias laws by giving men credit for women’s client development work, saddling women with less-valued tasks and holding them to a higher standard for promotions than men. Knepper is represented by Sanford Heisler Sharp.

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