A federal judge has summarily rejected a request by two former Jones Day associates to make the law firm respond to their sex discrimination suit within three weeks.

Julia Sheketoff and Mark Savignac, a married couple and former U.S. Supreme Court clerks who worked in the firm’s issues and appeals practice, have accused the firm of discriminating against new fathers with its parental leave policy, of underpaying Sheketoff for being a woman, and of firing Savignac when he complained.

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