The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C.) ruled that women in the law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner were not given the same pay or promotion opportunities as men. The firm maintained a two-tier system of compensation, one for lawyers on the partnership track, and one for the others, on the nonpartnership track. It was found that a disproportionate number were women were on the lower-paying nonpartnership track. The ruling follows a lawsuit filed in by two female associates in January 2002 who complained they were kept off the partnership track, and thus paid less. The E.E.O.C. did not find the two-tier compensation system of the law firm to be illegal, only that it was not applied in a uniform manner.