01/31/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley
New York, NY—Toshiba Corporation has been sued for a $100 million for allegedly discriminating against women in pay and promotions. The lawsuit is seeking class-action status on behalf of all current and former Toshiba female employees in the United States, reported Reuters.
The plaintiff, senior human resources manager Elaine Cyphers asserted that Toshiba American Inc. pays female employees lower salaries and bonuses. In addition, the lawsuit claims that Toshiba “steers women into lower-grade positions and favors men in promotions.”
Cyphers was employed as a human resources manager at Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corp. and was the highest-ranking U.S. human recourses employee at that unit. Men in similar job positions were paid about $120,000 annually, while Cyphers was only paid $90,000 to 91,800 annually.
After moving 110 miles to Falls Church, Virginia for the job at Toshiba, a less experienced man was promoted to a position above hers. In retaliation for complaints about discrimination, Toshiba allegedly sought to force her from the company, according to the suit.
When Cyphers returned from medical leave last month, a supervisor at Toshiba told her to leave and not to come back “until further notice,” prompting her to collect her belongings and leave.
The case is Cyphers v. Toshiba America Inc et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 11-00642.
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