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Judge denies motion to dismiss gender discrimination lawsuit against Autonomous

A New York federal judge denied Autonomous Research LLP's motion to dismiss a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by one of its high-ranking executives.

However, Judge Vernon Broderick of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed one of the plaintiff's complaints regarding a violation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which protects employees who provide information of any violation of Securities and Exchange Commission rules.

In November 2017, Erin Baskett, who is a partner, claimed she was paid less than male peers and was passed over for a promotion. She also alleged that senior executives retaliated against her, "casting [her] in a negative light and labeling her as abrasive and obstructive."

Judge Broderick ordered both parties to appear at a status conference Oct. 18.

Autonomous Research did not immediately respond to S&P Global Market Intelligence's request for comment.