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Female KPMG Employees Seek Class Certification in Gender Discrimination Suit

Female KPMG Employees Seek Class Certification in Gender Discrimination Suit

A group of female employee plaintiffs have asked a federal judge in New York to certify their sex bias and gender discrimination case as a class and collective action against “Big Four” accounting firm KPMG.

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody, who chairs the firm’s Employment Law practice group, represents the proposed class in the KPMG gender discrimination case. Dermody noted that expert analysis revealed that women at the accounting firm’s tax unit earned 2.7% less than their male counterparts, and women in the advisory unit earned 2.8% less than men.

“As a group, women are suffering from a statistically significant shortfall in promotion,” Dermody said. “The difference in promotion probabilities turned out to be 3.4% in tax and 1.6% in advisory.”

The suit alleges KPMG discriminated against women, evidenced by anecdotes like that of a female tax senior manager who claimed she was retaliated against for reporting a male partner’s relationship with a subordinate. The claims include allegations that the company maintained materials that stereotyped women disadvantageously, and encouraged them to stand out in stereotypically feminine ways.

As noted by Law360, “The suit seeks more than $400 million from KPMG on behalf of classes of women in New York and nationwide going back to 2008 and 2009. It also advances collective claims under the Equal Pay Act, where relief would be afforded to women who opt in. Some 1,100 have so far, according to the plaintiffs’ legal team.”

The case is Kassman et al. v. KPMG LLP, case number 1:11-cv-03743 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Upholding Employee Rights

Lieff Cabraser has a strong tradition of fighting for employee rights across America. Our employment law class action cases challenge discrimination based on employees’ race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability; wage violations, including failure to pay overtime, break time, or vacation time; and misuse of employees’ retirement benefits. We also represent employees who “blow the whistle” on wrongdoing by their employers as well as in other cases alleging violations of the law.

Contact a Gender Discrimination Attorney

Lieff Cabraser is proud to join Sanford Heisler Kimpel as Co-Lead Counsel for plaintiffs in a gender discrimination class and collective action lawsuit against KPMG, the Big Four Accounting Firm with $23 billion in global revenue in 2013. The complaint alleges that KPMG has engaged in systemic and pervasive discrimination against its female Client Service and Support Professionals in violation of the Equal Pay Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York Executive Law §296, and the New York City Administrative Code §8-107.

Current and former female Client Service and Support Professionals who wish to report their experiences at the company or submit a complaint should contact plaintiffs’ counsel through the case page, or call toll-free at 1-800-541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Anne B. Shaver. All information will be held strictly confidential. There is no charge or obligation for review of your case.