What "Format" is Your Lawsuit?

The gender discrimination suit filed by a GT shareholder in the Philly office contains some blockbuster allegations.

ATL found this nugget -- that the only way for women attorneys to get ahead at GT is to sleep with their male superiors (see paragraphs 69-72).

Wow, wow, and wow.

But Hilarie Bass says au contraire:
“The format of the lawsuit reflects an effort to extort money from us,” Bass said. “Our shareholder agreement has an arbitration clause that she is well aware of and instead she chose to file a class action in federal court.” Bass said even if the case ends up in court, she believes it will be an individual lawsuit rather than a class action.
The "format" of the lawsuit -- what an unusual word choice.

I suppose she means the procedural posture -- a class action filed in federal court.  But that doesn't automatically equate to extortion, or does it?

This is another gem:
The suit alleges that Lehr, regional operating shareholder in charge of Philadelphia, told Griesing at one point that only “tall, male and Jewish GT lawyers generate business” and that there is “no formula” for compensation and that it is entirely subjective, commenting that female shareholders are “lucky” to get paid as much as they do.
"Tall, male and Jewish" -- just like Cesar Alvarez!

GT insiders -- speak up, is there any truth to these allegations?
 more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/03/3125399/greenberg-traurig-faces-gender.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/03/3125399/greenberg-traurig-faces-gender.html#storylink=cpy


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  2. Nicely placed sexual reference in para...69

  3. The court remanded the case to the lower court to determine whether the lawsuit could proceed under state tort law.

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