The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission originally brought a class action suit on behalf of dozens of women against Bloomberg L.P., a company employing more than 15,000 people, alleging pregnancy discrimination. The EEOC claimed that Bloomberg discriminated against women by demoting or reducing the pay of female employees after they announced their pregnancies and after they took maternity leave. This bias allegedly lead to demotions, exclusions from management meetings, reduced pay and responsibilities and stereotyping. The New York court dismissed the class action suit, and the suit was converted into individual claims of discrimination, most of which were later dismissed.
Earlier this month, the EEOC appealed the court’s decision dismissing the remaining plaintiff’s claim for back pay. In the notice of appeal filed in New York federal court, the EEOC stated that it was challenging all judgments dismissing its case against Bloomberg as well as various orders stemming from 2010.
This firm will continue to monitor the developments in this case.