'Macho' Goldman Sued for Sex Discrimination
Firm's a raunchy boys' club, plaintiffs charge
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2010 3:46 AM CDT
Traders work in the Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, described as a hotbed of sexism by the plaintiffs.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Three former employees who say the macho culture at Goldman Sachs scuttled their careers have launched a lawsuit against the bank and urged others to join them. The women's suit describes a testosterone-driven corporate culture of strip clubs, groping, boys-only golf outings, and macho displays like push-up contests on the trading floor, the Guardian reports.

One plaintiff says her career hit a brick wall after she complained about a colleague—who was later promoted over her—groping her after a company-sponsored outing to a topless bar. The suit, which is seeking class-action status, alleges that women are excluded from the best jobs at Goldman, and are denied perks like prime positions in trading rooms. Goldman says the suit is without merit.

 

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