Three female Morrison & Foerster associates in California have accused the firm of gender discrimination, alleging in a proposed $100 million class action that MoFo routinely holds back mothers and pregnant women, giving them lower pay and promotion opportunities compared to male peers.

“MoFo discriminates against women by permitting its predominantly male leadership to favor men overtly in pay, promotions, and other opportunities regardless of their qualifications and to otherwise discriminate against women, pregnant women and mothers. MoFo leadership fosters or condones a firm culture that marginalizes, demeans and undervalues women and mothers,” the complaint alleged. Sanford Heisler Sharp, the firm representing the female plaintiffs, said the lawsuit was filed Monday morning in San Francisco federal court.

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