According to Reuters, two former female employees of Goldman Sachs Group Inc have filed a lawsuit against the bank for gender discrimination and are seeking class action status for the case.
The news source reported that if class action status is granted, the former employees would be able to move forward with the case on behalf of all female associates and vice-presidents in the company’s investment bank, investment management and securities divisions.
Cristina Chen-Oster, a former vice-president and Shanna Orlich, a former associate, filed the lawsuit. It accuses the bank of fostering a “boys club” atmosphere, where employees were urged to binge drink and meetings were held at strip clubs.
It also accuses Goldman Sachs of routinely paying female employees up to 21 percent less than their male counterparts. Additionally, it says that women were promoted more slowly than men were.
In addition, Chen-Oster claims that she was sexually assaulted by a male co-worker at a staff dinner in 1997 and discouraged from reporting it to the company’s human resources department.
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