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Ruth's Chris employees sue for discrimination

Washington, D.C. -- A Monday report by Reuters said that female employees, both current and former, of Ruth's Chris Steak House have sued the company, alleging gender discrimination.

The group is seeking class-action status, based on a ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Washington, D.C., that a smaller lawsuit alleging gender discrimination against the company could be amended to seek class action status.

The class action lawsuit would be on behalf of all female employees at the company's headquarters and restaurants from September 2006 to the present. The women allege that the restaurant operator conducted a pattern and practice of gender discrimination, including compensating men more than women, subjecting women to sexist comments, and disciplining women more harshly than men.

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