Lockton Cos. LLC and a previous executive who a short while ago joined rival Alliant Coverage Solutions Inc. are embroiled in legal disputes in California and Missouri centering on gender discrimination allegations and a 4-12 months noncompete need.
Sallie Giblin, who joined Alliant as an government vice president late very last calendar year, filed a bias fit towards Lockton in December and last week submitted a motion to dismiss the brokerage’s noncompete fit versus her, which was filed in November.
Ms. Giblin, who was a productive San Diego-dependent producer at Lockton, was named a single of the 2011 Small business Insurance policy Ladies to Observe. She joined Lockton in 2006. In 2016, she joined the executive committee of the brokerage’s Pacific Sequence unit, grew to become a Lockton lover in 2017 and was named president of the San Diego business in 2018.
In her match, Sallie Giblin v. Lockton Cos. LLC – Pacific Sequence filed in California’s Outstanding Court in Los Angeles in December, Ms. Giblin alleges that as a chief at Lockton she was topic to gender discrimination and retaliation by other executives at the brokerage. In addition, she argues that Lockton’s noncompete agreements are unenforceable and that her dispute with brokerage should really be heard in California. Courts in California frequently favor workforce in noncompete and nonsolicitation disputes with employers.
Between other matters, Ms. Giblin alleges that Lockton is a “raucous boys’ club” where some executives have interaction in inappropriate habits and males are promoted to the detriment of women.
In addition, she alleges that her accounts had been insufficiently staffed following she intervened to avoid the hiring of two producers with a history of sexual harassment, she was excluded from a variety of government committee conclusions and routines, and she was unfairly blamed for the inadequate efficiency and morale of the unit’s personnel benefits division.
In September 2022, Ms. Giblin was eradicated from the govt committee. She resigned from Lockton on Nov. 29 and took a situation as an government vice president at Alliant.
On Nov. 30, Lockton sued Ms. Giblin in federal court docket in Kansas City, Missouri, wherever the enterprise is headquartered, expressing it was trying to find to reduce her taking private information and facts to Alliant.
The accommodate, Lockton Cos. LLC – Pacific Collection v. Sallie F. Giblin, alleges that she refused to honor a needed 30-day discover interval and designed claims of unfair procedure and discrimination towards Lockton “as leverage to get a release from her commitment not to solicit Lockton buyers and other limitations.” Lockton imposes a 4-12 months restrictive noncompete on associates.
Lockton alleges that Ms. Giblin made “a toxic perform environment” after her marketing and had beforehand sought to go away the brokerage.
In the lawsuit, Lockton states Ms. Giblin was an “owner, Producer Member and Producer Partner” of Lockton somewhat than an worker and had obtain to delicate competitive facts and customer accounts.
Among other factors, the go well with seeks an injunction barring Ms. Giblin from having Lockton clientele, future shoppers and personnel till December 2026.
A Jan. 31 submitting by Ms. Giblin searching for to dismiss Lockton’s accommodate, characterizes it as “speculative” and asserts that “Lockton has not alleged that any workforce or customers were improperly solicited by Giblin or have been dropped due to wrongful perform.”
The filing also alleges that Lockton conflates “trade secrets” and “Confidential Information” below Missouri law.
Michael A. Sherman, a lover at Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP, who represents Ms. Giblin, stated the Lockton lawsuit is made up of “formulaic and meaningless allegations in their race for the courthouse.”
A spokeswoman for Lockton mentioned the brokerage does not remark on pending litigation.