A female Sedgwick partner alleging gender bias against the firm has beefed up her claims, adding a bid for $200 million in damages and an updated legal team led by David Sanford of Sanford Heisler.
Traci Ribeiro, a nonequity insurance partner in Sedgwick’s Chicago office, filed an amended complaint on Jan. 11 before a JAMS arbitrator who is hearing the case after it was filed in California state court and later removed to federal court. U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California ruled in November that the federal case should be put on hold in favor of arbitration, although he previously lamented that the claims were headed for a forum with limited discovery and appellate review.
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