Neil Dhillon, managing director of MSLGroup in D.C., held an staff meeting last week “to reassure staffers at the PR agency that the proposed class-action sex discrimination lawsuit filed against the company is false,” reported Business Insider.
A source told Business Insider that “Dhillon told his staff he was really sad and upset at the negative publicity generated by the suit.”
According to the Business Insider report:
The suit's public profile kicked up a notch with a recent federal court ruling that allows the plaintiffs to send letters to MSLGroup's female vice presidents and senior vice presidents, asking them if they want to join the suit.
The suit alleges that female employees of the Publicis Groupe-owned agency are systematically paid less than their male counterparts even though women make up 70% of Publicis' 45,000-strong PR workforce worldwide. Only 15% of the Publicis' senior management is female, according to the suit.
The case was filed by Monique da Silva Moore and Maryellen O'Donohue, both former svp/directors of MSL's healthcare group. They claim MSLGroup president Jim Tsokanos judged female employees on their looks, took the younger ones out for drinks a bit too often but fired them if they got pregnant.
MSLGroup denies the claims and has been fighting vigorously in federal court to prevent the suit from going ahead.
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