A group of female financial advisers settled their claims of gender discrimination against Smith Barney – brought in a San Francisco federal district court – for $33 million. The plaintiffs alleged that they were subjected to discriminatory treatment, and in response to their complaints Smith Barney subjected them to a hostile work environment, disclosed their complaints to male co-workers, and retaliated against them for having made the complaints. The plaintiffs also alleged that Smith Barney promoted policies or practices that denied or restricted business opportunities, compensation and other employment conditions for women.