Former Goldman Sachs employees filed a putatitve class action suit yesterday in New York alleging pervasive sex discrimination.
The plaintiffs’ claims date back to 1997. At that time, it is alleged a male colleague groped one of the plaintiffs during a Goldman Sachs outing at a topless bar. Although this 1997 allegation is beyond the statute of limitations under federal, New York State, and New York City anti-discrimination laws, it may still be relevant to demonstrate a pattern of discriminatory conduct condoned by Goldman Sachs.
Another plaintiff alleges that she was given menial work assignments, including clerical work, although she had a combined JD/MBA from Columbia University. She also alleges that she was prevented from joining Goldman Sach’s golf outings, despite being an experienced golfer.
The lawsuit further alleges female employees were compensated less than their similarly situated male colleagues, that female employees were promoted in disproportionate numbers as compared to male colleagues, and that female employees were denied resources and business opportunities, and under evaluated on performance reviews.
Goldman Sachs denies any wrongdoing and asserts that plaintiffs’ lawsuit is without merit.