Goldman Sachs’ has been accused of paying women employees less than men and giving them weaker performance reviews that prevented their career growth. The lawsuit started in 2011 and seems to stay on the agenda in the future.
A federal judge in the US rejected Goldman’s bid to dismiss two of the four female plaintiffs accusing the bank of discriminating against women in pay and promotions in a proposed class-action lawsuit.
Former vice president Mary De Luis’ who has been one of the complainants resigned last May and her claims did not become moot. Because of her role in the case, after the bank allegedly retaliated by refusing to allow a transfer to Miami from Dallas unless she accepted a demotion.
Former vice president Allison Gamba, is also continuing her claims even although Goldman left her without a job in August 2014. These two events seem to be proof of the great oppression and discrimination of the company.
In a press release made via email, Goldman said it was examining the implications of the latest ruling and will continue to contest this matter vigorously.
Maintaining a “boys’ club atmosphere“, the use of sexual language, unwanted touching and subjecting women to the “double-edged sword” of being expected to socialize after work with colleagues to advance their careers, and labeling the ones who attend as “party girls” are the other allegations against Goldman. Cristina Chen-Oster and Shanna Orlich, who were a vice president and associate, are the other two plaintiffs. A fifth plaintiff agreed to arbitration.
Kelly Dermody, a lawyer for the plaintiffs explained that there had been a big stopping point in the case and all four plaintiffs could seek class-action status, by referring to the decisions of a previous court, Manhattan court. Class-action certification can let thousands of women sue together, raising the potential for larger awards without excessive legal costs.