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In August, Chadbourne & Parke partner Kerrie Campbell made headlines when she sued her firm for gender discrimination, claiming that it pays female partners less and denies them leadership opportunities. (Chadbourne denies the allegations.) She joins at least three other female lawyers at big firms who have filed gender discrimination suits in 2016.

But it’s a good bet that such suits are filed by only a small percentage of female lawyers who feel that they have experienced discrimination. Most aren’t willing to put their jobs on the line. What happens to the women who do? We tracked down several former plaintiffs who had sued law firms, and found that their fates varied—but none have stayed in Big Law.

Amy Cherry-Abitbol, a former associate in the Tokyo office of now-defunct Cou­dert Brothers, sued Coudert in the 1990s. She claimed that the firm refused to give her work and told her to leave the firm’s office after she returned from maternity leave in 1991. The case went to trial in Manhattan Supreme Court, but Cherry-Abitbol settled for a reported $500,000 to $750,000.

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