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Farmers Insurance Pays High Price in Female Discrimination Lawsuit

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A multimillion-dollar settlement has been reached between Farmers Insurance and the hundreds of female attorneys it has underpaid for years.

The female discrimination lawsuit, filed by lead plaintiff and former Farmers employee Lynne Coates, alleged that the company had broken state and federal discrimination laws.

The class-action suit consisted of almost 300 female attorneys who worked at Farmers and had found that they were being significantly underpaid compared to their male counterparts.

Farmers has agreed to pay $4 million in the settlement, along with a series of reforms within the company such as increasing the number of female attorneys in its higher salary grade.

A company official will also monitor compliance to the agreement, provide diversity training to attorneys, and give progress reports to  the plaintiffs' attorney Lori Andrus for a period of three years.

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