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Judge Tosses Out Bloomberg L.P. Discrimination Suit

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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A federal judge ruled there was not enough evidence to show that Bloomberg L.P., the business and financial news company founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, discriminated against pregnant women and mothers.

In her opinion, Judge Loretta Preska, chief judge of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, wrote "'J'accuse!' is not enough in court. Evidence is required." She believed the evidence presented in the case did not sufficiently demonstrate that discrimination was Bloomberg's standard operating procedure.

While Preska tossed out the class-action suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of women who work or had worked at Bloomberg and taken maternity leave, she did find that some individual claims could go forward.

EEOC spokeswoman Christine Saah Nazer said the agency regrets the decision, but will press forward with the individual claims.

The lawsuit was filed in 2007 and alleged that Bloomberg L.P. cut pay, demoted or excluded from management women who were pregnant or who came back from maternity leave.

Bloomberg L.P. said the ruling confirmed what it knew all along, that the case was without merit.

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Comments [2]

Marianne Neufeld from Queens, NY

This story reported on 9am news. Deja vu. I believe I heard the same story on yesterday's news. It's always been difficult to prove planned discrimination and perhaps individual suits are the way to go. I'm writing because I wonder why I'm hearing same story two mornings in a row, and as the above comment indicates, it seemed to be presented in the light of victory for Bloomberg, for corporate America, as we have been seeing of late time and time again from the courts.

Aug. 18 2011 09:13 AM
NYC Native from NYC

Unless i misheard, the broadcast presented this as a victory for the mayor himself. Can then the claims he does not receive daily briefings re the firm that bears his name & fortune be substantiated? If this is a personal win, does it relate to an alleged decline in high ranking Black & Latino/a city officials during his watch? If the GHW Bush appointed female federal judge concurs with the harsh standards for women wishing to climb the corporate ladder at hizzoner's namesake corporation,
what are the implications elsewhere & why
aren't men held to anything comparable re
parenting?

Aug. 18 2011 07:48 AM

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