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Court Allows Addition of Five Named Plaintiffs to KPMG Nationwide Gender Discrimination Litigation

Amendment serves as further proof that discrimination is widespread.

Today, Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint that adds five additional women as Named Plaintiffs to the $350 million class action gender discrimination lawsuit against KPMG in the Southern District of New York.

At present, the estimated Title VII class is projected to include more than 10,000 women. The five additional Class Representatives join Ms. Kassman in representing those 10,000 women. Their experiences at KPMG, which collectively cover the entire time period in the case, in 9 KPMG offices coast to coast, and at different job levels in a range of practice groups within KPMG, further support Plaintiffs’ claims that the problems at KPMG are truly systemic.

As Maya Sequeira, plaintiffs’ attorney at Sanford Heisler, explained, “If the more than 1,100 women who responded to the notice allowing them to join the collective action regarding Equal Pay Act claims weren’t proof enough, the inclusion of five additional Class Representatives clearly illustrates that KPMG’s gender discrimination problems are nationwide and persist to this day. There is no merit to KPMG’s defense that experiences of discrimination at the Firm are isolated or atypical, and this amendment takes the wind out of KPMG’s sails on that front.”

“Women across KPMG suffer discrimination because KPMG’s practices and procedures are deeply flawed at an organizational level,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Kelly M. Dermody of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. “The new named plaintiffs should be applauded for joining the fight to ensure that employees at KPMG, regardless of their gender, are rewarded fairly for their hard work.”

KPMG LLP is an audit, tax, and advisory services firm headquartered in New York, New York. It is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. In 2015, KPMG reported global revenues of $24.44 billion.

Attorneys David Sanford, Katherine Kimpel, Kate Mueting, Maya Sequeira, and Kevin Love Hubbard of Sanford Heisler and Kelly M. Dermody, Anne Shaver, and Michael Levin-Gesundheit of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP represent the plaintiffs. The case is Kassman et. al. v. KPMG LLP, Case No. 11-cv-3743 (S.D.N.Y.). Individuals with questions can learn more about the case against KPMG here.

About Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP

Sanford Heisler is a national public interest class-action litigation law firm, which has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, and San Diego. The firm is committed to protecting the rights of individuals in employment discrimination, wage and hour, qui tam, and other civil rights matters. The firm has extensive experience in complex class action litigation, having successfully represented thousands of individuals in major class action cases in the United States. The firm also represents select individual clients such as executives, lawyers in employment disputes, and whistleblowers. The firm has recovered over $1 billion for its clients. For more information, contact Sanford Heisler at (646) 402-5650. More about the Firm and its successes can be found at For the latest news visit our newsroom or follow us on Twitter at @sanfordheisler.

About Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, is a 70-attorney firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Nashville. Lieff Cabraser has represented plaintiffs in a wide variety of class action litigation, including employment discrimination and civil rights, wage suppression, and pension benefits litigation. It has represented many plaintiffs in gender discrimination litigation, including serving as Co-Lead Counsel for plaintiffs in gender discrimination class action lawsuits against Goldman Sachs and Microsoft The firm has recovered over $97 billion for its clients.

SOURCE Sanford Heisler, LLP