Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against KPMG Can Move Ahead

A sexual discrimination lawsuit has been filed by five female former employees against the accounting firm KPMG. The plaintiffs moved for class action status. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman rejected most of KPMG’s motion to dismiss the majority of the women’s claims, finding that their “allegations suffice to survive at this stage of the proceedings.” The female plaintiffs in the sexual discrimination class action against KPMG claim they were denied pay raises and promotions. The women argue that the accounting firm created a hostile work environment that left female employees lagging behind in pay and promotions, particularly those with children. The lawsuit is seeking $350 million in lost salary and benefits as well as other damages. Full article.

Women have historically been subjected to legal discrimination based on their gender. With the passage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C.A. § 2000e et seq.), women are able to use the law to fight sex discrimination in employment, education, domestic relations. In the 1970s and 1980s, the U.S. Supreme Court began to address these cases, often with conflicting or ambiguous results. However, over time, women have reached many favorable results. An employment policy or practice that applies to everyone, regardless of sex, can be illegal if it has a negative impact on the employment of people of a certain sex and is not job-related or necessary to the operation of the business.

Leeds Brown Law PC dedicates a large portion of its practice to the area of employment discrimination. The firm has represented individuals throughout Long Island and the New York City area in matters of sexual harassment. For more information, contact Leeds Brown Law at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation or visit lmblaw.com.