Goldman ordered to turn over internal gender-bias complaints

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Goldman Sachs must turn over internal gender-bias complaints by female workers to lawyers representing women in a lawsuit alleging the firm discriminated against them in pay and promotions.

Bloomberg reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge James Francis in Manhattan ruled Tuesday that all complaints 'conceivably related' to discrimination against women in the investment banking, securities, investment management and merchant banking divisions at Goldman Sachs must be shared with the attorneys, including the names of those who complained.

The order came in a 2010 group lawsuit alleging Goldman Sachs engages in a pattern and practice of sex discrimination against female associates and vice presidents.

Francis ruled for the plaintiffs’ lawyers in finding that New York-based Goldman Sachs must turn over internal complaints by all female employees in the divisions targeted by the lawsuit, and not just complaints by associates, vice presidents and managing directors.

'These employees may also have felt, either directly or indirectly, the negative impact of a pattern or practice of discrimination', Francis said.

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