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Toshiba HR Manager Files Employment Class Action

NEW YORK Jan. 31, 2011 New York

Elaine Cyphers June 2008

According to the Complaint, although Toshiba publicly touts its commitment to gender diversity and its efforts to promote more female employees to managerial positions, discrimination against women is pervasive in the company.  

The Complaint details a pattern of discrimination against women employed by the giant technology manufacturer and energy system supplier.  The Complaint asserts that Toshiba engages in systemic gender discrimination against female employees by paying them less than their male counterparts, denying them promotions into better and higher paying positions, limiting their employment opportunities to lower and less desirable job classifications, and exposing them to different treatment as employees. The Complaint also details preferential treatment that males at Toshiba receive with respect to salary, benefits, bonuses and promotions.  

David Sanford Washington D.C. Sanford Wittels May 2010 $253 million $175 million

David Sanford

January 2009

The Complaint describes this retaliatory response as typical of Toshiba’s pattern and practice of facilitating and perpetuating gender discrimination against female employees by discouraging employees from complaining about such discrimination, failing to properly investigate reports of such discrimination, and failing to remedy or prevent the recurrence of gender discrimination reported to the company.

Subsequent to Ms. Cyphers’ interviewing for and accepting TANE’s "top" HR job, Toshiba created a new HR position above her, and did not publicize the new position or inform Ms. Cyphers about it.  TANE filled the new position from within Toshiba with a male less qualified and experienced than she. After that male’s promotion, Ms. Cyphers was stripped of her primary duties as HR Manager and assigned low-level administrative and clerical tasks. Ms. Cyphers’ responsibilities for recruiting and hiring were taken away and assigned to a less qualified and experienced male contract employee.

$100 million

Tokyo Delaware New York City Delaware Falls Church, VA

Sanford Wittels

Sanford Wittels New York Washington, D.C. civil , labor and wage violations , , s . www.swhlegal.com

Sanford Wittels

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