An Insurance Corporation manager veteran sued the United States health insurer charging it unfairly blocks female employees from higher-paying jobs and promotions.The lawsuit which was filed in U.S. District Court,asks for $100 million in damages and requests class action status.The plaintiff who is a 14 year veteran of the insurance company charged that the company denied her a promotion because she came across as too aggressive in an interview and proceeded to take away her largest territories after she complained.As an experienced trial attorney I have reviewed many cases of discrimination and completed same with favorable results.
The suit further contends that the company uses its employee evaluation systems to block female workers from assuming higher paid positions by forcing their rankings into a bell curve. In effect,the company bars female employees from better and higher-paying positions which have traditionally been held by male employees and charges the company with violating the U.S. Civil Rights Act and also state laws which ban gender discrimination.The company vigorously denied the claims and says they are committed to diversity and equal opportunity and state that their policies expressly prohibit discrimination and they intend to defend against the complaint. A gender discrimination case last year was awarded against a major drug company in which the company paid $175 million to settle after a jury awarded $250 million in damages.The suits reflect a culture where for decades Americans have talked about the problem of gender discrimination in the workplace without making much progress towards solving it. In the United States women are paid only about 75 percent of what their male peers earn according to a White House report of 2009 data.
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