Goldman Sachs Group Inc. was sued for sexual discrimination by a research analyst who said the bank and its managers deprived her of a promotion, pay and bonuses.
Sonia Pereiro-Mendez, an executive director still employed by the bank, was given permission by a judge in London Friday to pursue some of her claims against the company in relation to a bonus for 2010. Judge Alison Lewzey dismissed other parts of the lawsuit over allegations that managers gave better opportunities to her male colleagues.
While some of the allegations predate the birth of her first child, Pereiro-Mendez said some claims related to the period after she took six months of maternity leave in 2012, followed by a month of vacation and two months of sick leave for treatment of a “pre-cancerous condition.”
Pereiro-Mendez, who made $700,000 in 2010 in salary and bonuses, said in the lawsuit that she was excluded from meetings and client dinners and “publicly undermined,” while male colleagues were paid more for similar work and one was promoted to managing director. In 2013, she said, she was seated at a desk previously occupied by an administrative assistant.
The judge didn’t rule on additional aspects of Pereiro- Mendez’s suit, including compensation in other years.
In court papers responding to the suit, Goldman denied Pereiro-Mendez’s claims. It also said her performance in 2010 was ranked in the lowest 25 percent of employees at the firm and the lowest 10 percent in 2011 and 2013 and didn’t merit the rewards she is seeking.
“Her performance from 2010 onward was viewed as being low in relation to her peers,” Goldman said in court documents.
A spokesman for Goldman, Sebastian Howell, declined to comment on the London case. A lawyer for Pereiro-Mendez said she declined to comment on the case.
Pereiro-Mendez has been on sick leave since January 2014 and filed a grievance in April after an executive at the firm told her that managers “want to get rid of you,” according to the lawsuit.
She joined the firm in Frankfurt in 2003 and moved to a position in London in 2005, according to her claim. She was promoted to executive director in 2009 and earned a base salary of 250,000 pounds in 2010 and 2011. That dropped to 192,000 pounds in 2012 and she didn’t receive bonuses in 2011 and 2013.
In January 2012, just a few months after Pereiro-Mendez informed management of her first pregnancy, she was told that she would receive “no bonus whatsoever” for 2011, she said in the suit.
The case is Pereiro-Mendez v Goldman Sachs Services Ltd. & Others, case no. 14-22-00892, London Central Employment Tribunal.
–With assistance from Bob Van Voris in federal court in Manhattan.