Plaintiffs' Counsel Announce Female Employees Sue Goldman Sachs for Sex Discrimination

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

NEW YORK--()--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.).

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a global financial firm that provides investment banking management services to corporations, governments, and individuals around the world. In 2009, Goldman Sachs generated $45 billion in net revenues and $13 billion in net earnings, ranking number 40 on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations.

Further Information

People interested in the lawsuit may provide information by visiting www.goldmangendercase.com or by calling 1-800-998-3469 to leave a message for plaintiffs’ counsel. Members of the media can also obtain a copy of the complaint and this press release by contacting Brendan De Coteau at 415-956-1000.

About the Law Firms

Plaintiffs are being represented by two law firms: the plaintiffs’ employment firm Outten & Golden LLP of New York, New York and Westport, Connecticut and the national class action firm Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, of San Francisco, California, New York, New York, and Nashville, Tennessee. These firms also represented female Financial Advisors in the Amochaev v. Smith Barney gender discrimination case, which resulted in a $33 million settlement.

Outten & Golden LLP is a 30-plus attorney firm with offices in New York and Westport, CT. O&G represents plaintiffs in a wide variety of employment law matters, including national class and impact statutory discrimination cases, major class-based wage and hour violations, and contract negotiations. O&G represented plaintiff-intervenor Allison Schieffelin in a pattern or practice sex discrimination suit prosecuted with the EEOC against Morgan Stanley that resulted in a $54 million settlement and substantial injunctive relief and has handled discrimination claims against numerous other major Wall Street firms. More information on the firm can be found at www.outtengolden.com.

Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, is a 60-plus attorney firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Nashville. Lieff Cabraser has represented plaintiffs in a wide variety of class action litigation, including employment discrimination and civil rights, wage and hour, and pension benefits litigation.

Since 2003, The National Law Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the top plaintiffs’ law firms in the nation. Lieff Cabraser is one of only two plaintiffs’ law firms in the United States to receive this honor for the last seven consecutive years. More information on the firm can be found at www.lieffcabraser.com.

Contacts

Outten & Golden
Adam Klein, 212-245-1000
or
Lieff Cabraser
Kelly Dermody, 415-956-1000

Release Summary

Female professionals of Goldman Sachs have filed a sex discrimination class action lawsuit alleging an unchecked gender bias pervades Goldman Sachs' corporate culture.

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Contacts

Outten & Golden
Adam Klein, 212-245-1000
or
Lieff Cabraser
Kelly Dermody, 415-956-1000