Hnot et al. v. Willis Group et al.
Cohen Milstein represented a class of approximately 180 women who held 'officer level positions' at Willis of New York, Inc., Willis of New Jersey, Inc. and Willis of Massachusetts, Inc. in a sex discrimination lawsuit which alleged that Willis discriminated with respect to salary and bonuses.
The case was settled in 2007 with Willis agreeing to pay $8.5 million to the class members,which would leave each class member with approximately $50,000. In addition, Willis will make changes in its compensation practices and performance evaluation system.
Case style: Hnot et al. v. Willis Group et al., Case No. 1:01-cv-06558, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Cronas v. Willis Group Holdings Ltd.
Cohen Milstein represented a class of 317 women who were employed by Willis subsidiary Willis of New York Inc. from January 2002 through December 2007. The women, many of whom were officers of the company, claimed that Willis of New York accused the insurance broker of paying women less than men and offering them fewer promotions.
In 2011, the court granted final approval to a $11.6 million settlement. As part of the settlement, Willis will establish new requirements for Willis of New York's performance evaluation system, increase the link between compensation decisions and performance evaluation, and revise the company's compensation practices. The agreement also calls for a review by both the company's human resources department and an independent monitor of all compensation decisions.
Case style: Cronas v. Willis Group Holdings Ltd. et al., Case No. 1:06-cv-15295,U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.