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High-profile gender bias lawsuits like the one former Fox News Network anchor Gretchen Carlson settled this week with the network for a reported $20 million are a boon to lawyers because of the fees and media attention they garner.

But a handful of lawsuits filed against law firms this year are drawing attention to the legal industry’s own record when it comes to how women are treated in the workforce. Legal recruiters and consultants say these suits come at a time when talented female lawyers are already seeking out firms that have women in leadership roles, and will only intensify a recruiting problem for law firms where that’s not the case.

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