A woman lawyer cannot sue her firm for sex discrimination if her status as a shareholder and director gives her the ability to participate in firm governance and a percentage of firm profits, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

The ruling is a victory for Pittsburgh firm Dickie McCamey & Chilcote and means that attorney Alyson Kirleis’ four-year court battle with the firm has ended with a fizzle as the appellate judges issued a tersely worded, four-page, nonprecedential opinion that adopted the lower court’s reasons for dismissing the case on summary judgment.

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