Female Employees Sue Goldman Sachs for Sex Discrimination

Business Wire - Outten & Golden LLP & Lieff Cabraser
September 15, 2010

National Class Action Lawsuit in Federal Court Charges Violations of Federal and Local Civil Rights Laws

New York, New York (September 15, 2010) ““ Goldman Sachs has engaged in systemic and pervasive discrimination against its female professional employees, a lawsuit filed today in federal court in New York alleges.

The lawsuit, Chen-Oster v. Goldman Sachs, Inc., Case No. 10-6950 (S.D.N.Y.), filed by three highly-credentialed women represented by Outten & Golden LLP and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, accuses Goldman Sachs, a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm, of engaging in a pattern and practice of gender discrimination against its female Associates, Vice Presidents, and Managing Directors.   The women allege violations of federal and city laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York City Human Rights Law.   The case is pending before United States District Court Judge Leonard Sand.

According to the complaint, the violations of [Goldman Sachs’] female employees’ rights are systemic, are based upon company-wide policies and practices, and are the result of unchecked gender bias that pervades Goldman Sachs’ corporate culture.   They have not been isolated or exceptional incidents, but rather the regular and predictable result of Goldman Sachs’ company-wide policies and practices. ”

The gender-equality issues raised by this lawsuit are all too familiar ““ Goldman Sachs systematically undervalues the efforts and achievements of its female employees.   This is an important step in our efforts to eradicate discrimination within the financial-services industry, ” said plaintiffs’ attorney Adam T. Klein of Outten & Golden LLP of New York, New York.

This case challenges Goldman Sachs’ practice of treating its talented female professionals like disposable, second class citizens, ” said plaintiffs’ attorney Kelly M. Dermody of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP of San Francisco, California. “By coming forward, the plaintiffs are working to ensure a level playing field across Wall Street.”

The complaint charges that, among other things, Goldman Sachs compensates its female professionals less than similar male professionals, disproportionately promotes men over equally or more qualified women, and offers better business opportunities and professional support to its male professionals.

Attorneys Adam T. Klein, Cara E. Greene, and Jennifer Liu of Outten & Golden LLP and Kelly M. Dermody, Anne Shaver, and Heather Wong of Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein LLP represent the plaintiffs.   The case is Chen-Oster v. Goldman Sachs, Inc., Case No. 10-6950 (S.D.N.Y.).