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Reveal report on status of women, law firm told

In the wake of a lawsuit alleging “systemic, gender-baseddiscrimination,” one of the country’s biggest law firms is being forcednext week to reveal top-secret data on the way it compensates andpromotes lawyers.

In the wake of a lawsuit alleging “systemic, gender-based discrimination,” one of the country’s biggest law firms is being forced next week to reveal top-secret data on the way it compensates and promotes lawyers.

McCarthy Tétrault LLP must also release an internal report on the status of women at the firm prepared by Catalyst Inc., well-known consultants on gender issues in the workplace.

The Superior Court of Ontario has ordered McCarthys to provide that information as a result of a $12-million lawsuit filed by a former McCarthys partner, Diane LaCalamita.

McCarthys, which “vigorously denies” that LaCalamita was a victim of any discrimination, has until Sept. 7 to comply.

LaCalamita says she was recruited in 2003 to help create a group within the firm specializing in the legal issues of intellectual property. She claims she was offered a partnership that would give her a share of the firm’s ownership and/or a share of its income.

But LaCalamita alleges that McCarthys and some of its partners “marginalized and isolated” her. Nor was she made a full-equity partner in the firm. LaCalamita was terminated in 2006.

 
 
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