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Judge's ruling in discrimination suit favors plaintiffs

Many employees in California and across the country, at one time or another, may have felt discriminated against at work. According to a report, in 2010, a group lawsuit was filed in New York against Goldman Sachs. The suit alleged that the financial company had been discriminating against women in the workplace; specifically, it said that discrimination was directed against female vice presidents and associates in the form of pay and promotion issues.

In a ruling handed down on Oct. 14, the federal judge presiding over the suit stated that the company must turn over all pertinent evidence to the plaintiffs that Goldman Sachs, up until now, had been withholding. The order included copies of all internal complaints from all women in certain areas of the firm and included all female employees of the company, not just the categories of vice president and associate. Through their lawyers' letter to the judge, the company labeled the ruling as a fishing expedition.

Gender discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee differently based on the fact that the employee is either a woman or a man. In the workplace, men and women, in the eyes of the law, must be treated as equals. That includes the practices of hiring, pay rates, advancement and training and any other facet of the work environment.

Workplace discrimination is not legally tolerated. For employees who feel that may have been the subject of similar discrimination, an attorney may be able to help. While discrimination may be hard to prove, following a comprehensive examination of the facts and evidence, the attorney may be able to recommend a reasonable plan for a resolution of the issues.

Source: Bloomberg, "Goldman Must Turn Over Female Employee Complaints in Suit", Karen Gullo, October 15, 2013

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