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Cigna Employee Files Gender-Bias Lawsuit

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BOSTON (AP) _ An employee of Cigna Healthcare Inc. has filed a $100 million federal lawsuit claiming the health insurer engages in a widespread pattern of gender discrimination and harassment against women.

Contracting manager Bretta Karp of Shrewsbury says in the suit filed Thursday in Boston that the Philadelphia-based company favors male employees over women for promotions, pays men more, and tolerates harassment and intimidation of female employees by men.

Karp says she was denied promotions and raises and had her responsibilities reduced despite favorable performance reviews.

The suit also alleges that when female employees complain, the company either does not investigate or conducts superficial and inadequate investigations.

The suit seeks class action status.

Cigna did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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