Lawyer Sues GE Over Discrimination

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A successful lawyer with the industrial giant GE is filing a lawsuit against GE over alleged discrimination against women when it comes to top legal positions within the company. Forty-three year-old Lorene F. Schaefer alleges that men are given unfair preference when it comes to senior legal positions within the company.The lawyer has asked for the judge to certify a class of fifteen hundred plaintiffs as part of the lawsuit, including all of the female lawyers in the company. The lawsuit seeks up to five hundred million in damages in total.

The lawyer found out last month that she was being demoted from her high flying legal position at GE Transportation. She stated: “It’s a corporate culture. You know you’re in a very male-dominated culture.”

However, a spokesman for GE denied the allegations made by the lawyer, stating: “Ms. Schaefer’s career with GE clearly illustrates the opportunities that the company provides to women, as she was given opportunities to move to progressively larger roles.”

 

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