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Lawyer representing fired TCW manager says firm is seeking to keep personal information secret

TCW Group and the other defendants in a lawsuit brought by Sara Tirschwell, a former TCW distressed debt fund manager who is seeking $30 million for allegedly being fired for lodging a sexual harassment complaint, are seeking to have personal information kept secret, according to claims made in a letter to the trial judge.

In the letter to New York Supreme Court Justice Robert D. Kalish, Ms. Tirshwell's attorney Lita Beth Wright says that the defendants — particularly Jess Ravich, who Ms. Tirschwell alleges sexually harassed her at TCW — are asking to go beyond the model confidentiality agreement created by the New York City Bar Association without adequately defining what "personal information" would include. Mr. Ravich is a group managing director and head of alternative products at TCW.

Ms. Wright also claims other issues concerning the discovery process, including "critical deficiencies" in the documents provided to plaintiff as part of a document exchange. Ms. Tirschwell provided 7,400 documents, while Mr. Ravich gave 26 documents. Ms. Wright's letter disputes Mr. Ravich's claim that he deleted certain texts and emails and said TCW improperly redacted certain documents.

Ms. Wright is asking the court to schedule a pre-trial conference before depositions in the case begin on May 31.

TCW spokesman Doug Morris declined comment.