Global conglomerate GE has been hit with a $500m-plus sex discrimination claim from one of its lawyers.
Lorene Schaefer, general counsel at GE’s transportation business, has accused top directors of overseeing “company-wide discriminatory treatment of its more than 1,000 executive-band employees and female attorneys”, the Times, reports.
Schaefer has alleged that the discriminatory pay and promotion policies have resulted in a glass ceiling at GE for women at executive level.
According to the lawsuit filed by law firm Sanford Wittels & Heisler, the claim demands “nominal, compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $500m”.
GE has strongly denied the allegations and said it would defend against the claims in courtP>