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Jones Day, responding to a gender bias lawsuit filed last week that accused the firm of maintaining a “fraternity” atmosphere and took aim at its “black box” compensation system, indicated through a handful of court filings Tuesday that it will ask a San Francisco state court to place case records under seal and alleged that the suit should not have been filed in light of the firm’s partnership agreement.

Former Jones Day partner Wendy Moore, now a Perkins Coie partner in Palo Alto, filed the lawsuit as a representative action under California’s Private Attorneys General Act. On behalf of herself and other “aggrieved” employees of the firm, Moore alleged that her former law firm violated California’s equal pay law and the state’s Labor Code through “systematic gender discrimination in compensation.” Her complaint accused the firm of operating “as a fraternity” that marginalizes women lawyers and treats them as “second-class citizens.”

Jones Day has not filed a direct response to the lawsuit’s allegations and did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But the firm, representing itself with a team led by of counsel Robert Mittelstaedt, submitted filings that seek a hearing on whether the case records should be kept under seal in light of provisions in Jones Day’s partnership agreement.

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Scott Flaherty

Scott Flaherty, based in New York, covers the business of law with a focus on legal ethics, lawyer misconduct, conflicts-of-interest and litigation involving law firms. He can be reached at [email protected] On Twitter: @sflaherty18

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