Claims that the pay gap between male and female lawyers is caused by female workers being less productive are fundamentally flawed, researchers say. A study of law firm compensation at 200 firms found no evidence that female lawyers are less productive than their male counterparts, and may be doing more work despite receiving smaller salaries. "Our data show that women partners outperform their men counterparts. If these women are underpaid ... the inequalities could be due to intentional discrimination," the study notes.

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