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California company faces charges of employment discrimination

An employee of a large investment company has stepped forward to claim that she wasn't treated fairly at her job. Her lawsuit charges the California firm with employment discrimination based on her sex and age. The company denies the allegations, and the case is pending in court. 

A female executive said that she was repeatedly passed over for promotions at work in favor of other male employees. She also claims that, when she complained about the issue to her supervisors, her compensation plan suffered soon afterward. A series of complaints was then lodged against her, which she says were fabricated in an attempt to get her demoted. 

The company says that she has it all wrong, and that the circumstances surrounding the case are not understood by the public at this time. They maintain that they treat all employees fairly, no matter their age or sex, and that the woman was handled fairly. Her complaint was filed in April at the state Superior Court. Employment statistics show a historical discrepancy between the number of managers who are female versus male. The woman claims to have evidence of the company admitting to having an unconscious bias against women dating as far back as 2011. 

In the state of California, all employees are protected from employment discrimination under state and federal law. An employee who feels that he or she has been discriminated against because of his or her age or sex may choose to pursue awards for damages and losses. An interested person may choose to consult with an employment law attorney for an evaluation of the case. 

Source: Bloomberg, "Pimco Accused of Discrimination, Retaliation by Female Executive", Edvard Pettersson, April 12, 2018

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