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Sedgwick partner settles equal-pay suit

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A nonequity partner who sued Sedgwick over an alleged “male-dominated culture” that denies women equal pay has reached a confidential settlement with the law firm.

Traci Ribeiro, a 46-year-old lawyer who worked in the San Francisco-based firm’s Chicago office, settled the suit in arbitration in April, the New York Times reports in a story highlighting another equal-pay suit against Chadbourne & Parke.

Ribeiro had claimed in a suit filed last July that she wasn’t promoted to equity partner even though she generated the third-highest revenue among the firm’s lawyers. She filed an amended complaint in January that claimed female lawyers at Sedgwick regularly receive less compensation than similarly situated male lawyers, the National Law Journal (sub. req.) reported.

“This pay disparity is the direct result of Sedgwick’s male-dominated firm leadership, and its failure to promote women to the equity partnership,” the amended complaint said.

Ribeiro was represented by David Sanford, who also represents Kerrie Campbell and other plaintiffs in the suit against Chadbourne.

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