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Jones Day Gender Bias Plaintiffs Can Redo Certification Motion

July 17, 2020, 6:01 PM

Female lawyers suing Jones Day for alleged sex discrimination in pay can amend their motion seeking conditional certification of a collective action, a federal court in Washington said.

Jones Day’s firmwide pay secrecy policy, under which associates face disciplinary action if they discuss their salaries, discourages female associates from speaking up if they suspect unfair treatment, the plaintiffs claimed.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the plaintiffs’ request to amend their motion for conditional certification of an Equal Pay Act collective action and authorization to give notice to other female associates employed at Jones Day, according to the case docket.

Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP represents the plaintiffs. Jones Day represents itself.

The case is Tolton v. Jones Day, D.D.C., No. 1:19-cv-00945, motion granted 7/17/20.

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