Despite the fact that more than half of the world’s population is made up of women, gender discrimination continues to this day, even after women have proven themselves to be capable leaders and workers in society.
Recently, one of the largest American financial services companies, Citigroup Inc. (Citi) was sued by former and current female employees who claimed that the company discriminated against its women workers.
The lawsuit, which is seeking class-action status, was filed by 6 women, 5 of whom were laid off back in 2008. The complaint alleged that the mass lay-offs in November had a “disparate impact” on the female employees as thousands of qualified women were allegedly let go while less qualified men were kept on.
Further, the current employee who is part of the lawsuit also claimed that she was discriminated on after her maternity leave. The employee who is currently working in the Asset Finance Group said that she was subjected to “inappropriate and offensive comments” and was even demoted to a lesser position since her maternity leave.
In response to the accusations, a spokeswoman for Citigroup said that the complainants were laid-off for legitimate business reasons and were not based on their gender. Likewise, the current employee’s allegations of being demoted after her maternity leave were said to be based “legitimate business decisions”.
The lawsuit was filed in a Manhattan federal court.