Employment Law

KPMG Gender Discrimination

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.

Background

In June 2011, Class Representative Donna Kassman filed a lawsuit against KPMG to remedy KPMG’s systemic discrimination in pay and promotion, discrimination based on pregnancy, and chronic failure to properly investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination and harassment. Later that same year, the lawsuit was amended to add Named Plaintiffs from around the country who had experienced discrimination similar to what Ms. Kassman had suffered. The most recent version of the complaint is available here.

Collective Action

For purposes of the Equal Pay Act claim, plaintiffs represent a conditionally-certified collective of over 1,300 female Client Service and Support Professionals who have opted in to the lawsuit.

Proposed Class Action

In addition to bringing the Title VII and New York statutory claims on their own behalf, the plaintiffs seek to represent a class of current and former exempt female Client Service and Support Professionals, including Associates, Senior Associates, Managers, Senior Managers, and Managing Directors in KPMG’s Tax and Advisory functions.

Case Status

KPMG has been unsuccessful in seeking to derail the litigation. In February 7, 2013, Judge Furman of the Southern District of New York handed KPMG a resounding defeat in its attempts to avoid litigation of class-wide claims.

When KPMG attempted to characterize the experiences of the Plaintiffs as isolated and insufficient to support class litigation, the Court denied KPMG’s motion and allowed the class claims to move forward. Later, when Plaintiffs asked the Court to send Notice to the thousands of women who, according to Plaintiffs’ evidence, have been systematically underpaid for years, KPMG again vigorously opposed this motion.

On July 8, 2014, Judge Schofield of the Southern District of New York handed KPMG yet another resounding defeat, ordering that notice be sent to all the women eligible to participate. Over 1,300 joined the case.

Contact Plaintiffs’ Counsel

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

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