Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, Outten & Golden, and Goldman Sachs Announce $215 Million Settlement of Long-Running Gender Bias Class Action

Business Wire
May 8, 2023

Today the parties announce that Plaintiffs have reached an agreement with Defendants Goldman Sachs & Company LLC and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (collectively, “Goldman Sachs”), in which Goldman Sachs will pay $215 million to settle a gender discrimination class action lawsuit, Chen-Oster v. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, No. 10-cv-6950-AT-RWL, pending since 2010. The settlement covers approximately 2,800 female Associates and Vice-Presidents employed in the Investment Banking, Investment Management, or Securities Divisions, as described below.

In addition, for three years, the Settlement, among other things, (1) provides that Goldman Sachs will engage an independent expert to conduct an additional analysis on performance evaluation processes, as well as its process for promotion from Vice-President to Managing Director, to ensure they generate accurate, reliable, and non-biased outcomes; (2) requires that an independent expert will conduct additional pay equity studies and that Goldman Sachs will investigate and where appropriate address any gender pay gaps; and (3) enhances select communications to Vice-Presidents regarding career development and promotion criteria. While this is a three-year commitment, Goldman Sachs independently will continue such reviews periodically as it has in the past.

Background: On September 10, 2010, plaintiffs filed the initial complaint asserting claims for classwide gender discrimination in pay, performance evaluation, and promotion under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the New York City Human Rights Law. On March 30, 2018, Judge Analisa Torres, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, certified the case as a class action. Trial was set to begin on June 7, 2023.

Plaintiffs: The Named Plaintiffs are Cristina Chen-Oster, Shanna Orlich, Allison Gamba, and Mary De Luis. All of the Plaintiffs are women who worked for Goldman Sachs as an Associate and/or Vice-President in the United States in the Investment Banking, Investment Management, or Securities Divisions.

Settlement Class Participation: Class settlement benefits are available to all women who held a revenue-producing Associate or Vice President position at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking, Investment Management, or Securities Divisions in New York at any time from July 7, 2002 to March 28, 2023 or elsewhere in the United States at any time from September 10, 2004 through March 28, 2023, and who: (1) in the performance evaluation group: (a) were subject to Goldman Sachs’s performance review process, known as the 360 Review, or (b) were subject to Goldman Sachs’s comparative performance ranking process, known as Manager Quartiling; and/or (2) in the promotion group, were in a Vice President position.

Next Steps: The court will set a hearing date for preliminary settlement approval, which if approved will result in the third-party administrator issuing notice to the class members. If the court later grants final settlement approval, the third-party administrator will allocate settlement amounts based on an objective formula to each qualifying class member. More information is available at the website:

Statements on the Settlement:

“As one of the original plaintiffs, I have been proud to support this case without hesitation over the last nearly thirteen years and believe this settlement will help the women I had in mind when I filed the case,” said Plaintiff Shanna Orlich.

“My goal in this case has always been to support strong women on Wall Street,” said Plaintiff Allison Gamba. “I am proud that the result we achieved here will advance gender equity.”

Plaintiffs’ co-counsel Kelly Dermody stated, “Plaintiffs believe this settlement provides substantial, certain recoveries for all Class members and advances gender equity at Goldman.” Plaintiffs’ co-counsel Adam Klein stated, “We are all delighted to support a robust settlement that offers meaningful relief to our clients and look forward to court approval.”

“Goldman Sachs is proud of its long record of promoting and advancing women and remains committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace for all our people. After more than a decade of vigorous litigation, both parties have agreed to resolve this matter. We will continue to focus on our people, our clients, and our business,” said Jacqueline Arthur, Goldman Sachs Global Head of Human Capital Management.

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