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The general counsel of GE Transportation has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit seeking class action status against General Electric for what she alleges is its discriminatory pay and promotion practices affecting about 1,500 of the company’s female executives and attorneys. The lawsuit, which seeks $500 million in damages and injunctive relief, was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut by Lorene Schaefer, the highest ranking attorney for GE’s $4.2 billion transportation business. Named as defendants are GE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt and Senior Vice President and General Counsel Brackett Denniston, among other executives. A GE spokesman was not immediately available for comment. Representing Schaeffer is Sanford Wittels & Heisler in Washington.

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