In Jones Day’s most comprehensive response yet to a $200 million proposed gender discrimination class action, the firm flatly rejected the idea that its associates in all geographical markets were entitled to be paid along the “Cravath Scale” and highlighted what it described as the professional failings of several women levying accusations against the firm.

The firm’s public reaction to the allegations of six original accusers had been limited to a statement posted on its website, saying it provided women flexibility in their path to partnership and highlighted the leadership roles women play in the firm. But in a 115-page answer to a more expansive set of allegations, Jones Day on Monday attacked claims that women at the firm were systematically underpaid and subjected to a hostile work environment.

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