Lawsuit: Citigroup Used Recession To Fire Female Employees

If the plaintiffs in a new discrimination lawsuit against Citigroup are to be believed, the headline-making “Sexy Banker” wasn’t the only one who may have been improperly shown the door by the bank for lacking a Y chromosome.

The plaintiff allege that an inordinate amount of women were let go during Citigroup’s layoffs during the early days of the recession, and that they were laid off in favor of less-qualified male co-workers.


The discrimination lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. The lawsuit said a statistically significant percentage of women were terminated during the November 2008 layoffs, making it unlikely it happened by chance.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs are seeking class action status for the suit.

NY Lawsuit: Citigroup Used Recession To Fire Women [NPR]

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