'Mommy-Tracked' Exec Sues Goldman Sachs

Ex-VP says she was treated like 'second-class citizen' after having kids
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2010 5:27 AM CDT
'Mommy-Tracked' Exec Sues Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs derailed her career after she became pregnant, charges Hanna's lawsuit charges.   (Shutter Stock)

A former Goldman Sachs vice president who accuses the firm of shuffling her career off to the "mommy track" when she took maternity leave is suing the company for discrimination. Charlotte Hanna's lawsuit alleges that she was demoted and moved into positions with no potential for advancement when she returned to work after having her first child—and was fired just before she returned from her second maternity leave.

"When Ms. Hanna decided to take the 'off-ramp' provided by the firm to devote time to her children, there was no 'on-ramp' that enabled her to return to full-time employment," the suit states. "The 'off-ramp' was a direct path to a mommy-track that ultimately derailed Ms. Hanna's career." Pregnancy discrimination cases have soared since the economic downturn began, Hanna's lawyer tells Reuters. (More Goldman Sachs stories.)

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