Business & Practice

Jones Day Ex-Partner Settles Suit Over ‘Fraternity’ Culture (1)

June 17, 2019, 11:17 PMUpdated: June 17, 2019, 11:26 PM

A former partner at Jones Day’s Silicon Valley office who accused the law firm of forcing her out after she raised concerns about its “boys’ club” culture has dropped her lawsuit in exchange for a return of capital she put into the firm, Jones Day said June 17.

Wendy Moore’s suit claimed the firm’s leadership retaliated against her after she voiced misgivings about its culture, pay transparency, and treatment of female attorneys. The complaint described Jones Day as a “fraternity” where women are marginalized and objectified while male lawyers attend business meetings at strip clubs and sporting events.

Moore filed the suit last year in California state court under the state’s Private Attorneys General Act, which allows employees to recover civil penalties on behalf of themselves and other workers for violations of the state’s labor code.

Her decision to drop the suit comes about two months after Jones Day was hit with a collective action claiming it engages in “systemic discrimination” against female associates by paying them less and offering them narrower career paths. That case is ongoing.

Jones Day’s statement didn’t specify the size of the investment Moore will get back.

Moore’s attorneys at Sanford Heisler Sharp declined to comment.

Roy Strom contributed to this report.

(Updated with response from Sanford Heisler.)

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