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A female shareholder at labor and employment firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart has sued the firm for gender discrimination, seeking class status and $300 million in damages.

The lawsuit, filed by Orange County-based nonequity shareholder Dawn Knepper, is the latest filed by David Sanford of Sanford Heisler Sharp. He has also sued the legacy Chadbourne & Parke and the now-defunct Sedgwick, among others, for similar claims.

“Through formal policies and widespread practices, [Ogletree's] male leadership interferes with, limits, or prevents female shareholders from receiving the appropriate credit for the business they bring to the firm and their hard work in running complex and demanding cases day-to-day,” says the complaint against Ogletree, which was filed Friday evening in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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