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Lawyers Representing Banking and Financial Services Employees in Workplace Discrimination Lawsuits: What are the remedies for discrimination in financial services and banking?

Discrimination in Banking and Financial Services

Even in the era of the MeToo movement, discrimination in banking and financial services remains all too common, including in global banking. To effectively combat discrimination and retaliation, it is critical to have an experienced discrimination lawyer fighting to obtain the damages that you deserve.

According to a March 2018 study from the SKEMA Business School, although women make up 52% of banking sector employees globally, they average only 38% of middle managers and 16% of executive committees.  The study examined the female representation of 71 banks in 20 countries.

Similarly, a 2014 Oliver Wyman report titled Women in Financial Services found that only 4 percent of CEOs at the world’s major banks and more than a third of executive committee members are entirely male.  And a recent internal Citigroup pay equity review found that median pay for women is 29 percent less than it is for men at the bank.

And the glass ceiling in the banking and financial services extends to African-American employees as well.  For example, the proportion of African-American managers in financial services companies has actually decreased from 2007 to 20015, according to a Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report released in November 2017.  See Eric Bachman’s recent column in Forbes: Will BLM Force Wall Street To Finally Reckon With Its Lack Of Racial Diversity?

For years, Wall Street has promised to bring more women and people of color into its upper ranks, but none of the country’s largest banks — those with at least $200 billion in assets — is headed by a woman or a person of color.  And only two of the 15 biggest banks in the country agreed to publicly disclose their most recent government diversity reports.

Law Firm Combatting Discrimination in Banking and Financial Services

Hiring a proven and effective advocate is critical to obtaining the maximum recovery in an employment discrimination case.  Eric Bachman, Chair of the Firm’s Discrimination Practice, has substantial experience litigating precedent-setting individual and class action discrimination cases.   His wins include a $100 million settlement in a disparate impact Title VII class action and a $16 million class action settlement against a major grocery chain.  Recently Barron’s quoted Eric Bachman in an article titled Sexual Harassment in Finance Often Unreported.

Bachman writes frequently on topics related to promotion discrimination, harassment, and other employment discrimination issues at the Glass Ceiling Discrimination Blog.  National Law Review has named Eric a “Go-To Thought Leadership Award” for his analysis of complex employment law issues, as well as strategic insight and overall industry knowledge. Recently Bachman was selected to the 2020 Washington DC Super Lawyers list.”

U.S. News and Best Lawyers® have named Zuckerman Law a Tier 1 firm in Litigation – Labor and Employment in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  Contact us today to find out how we can help you.  To schedule a confidential consultation, click here or call us at 202-769-1681.

Click here to see our videos answering frequently asked questions about discrimination and retaliation.

Eric Bachman is frequently quoted in the media about the rights of victims of workplace discrimination and sexual harassment, including in these recent articles:

Lawyers Shattering the Glass Ceiling in Financial Services and Banking

While no legal remedy can shatter the glass ceiling throughout the financial services industry, each victim who challenges discrimination can make a major difference.

Our experienced discrimination lawyers are committed to working diligently with our clients to shatter the glass ceiling.  To learn more about glass ceiling discrimination, download Eric Bachman‘s guide Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Tips for Combatting Promotion Discrimination:

Resources to Combat Glass Ceiling Discrimination and Pay Discrimination in Financial Services and Banking 



Jason Zuckerman, Principal of Zuckerman Law, litigates whistleblower retaliation, qui tam, wrongful discharge, and other employment-related claims. He is rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo, was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer” in 2015 and selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® and in SuperLawyers.

Eric Bachman litigates employment discrimination and whistleblower retaliation cases. He can be reached at (202) 769-1681 and Bachman is Chair of the discrimination and retaliation Practices at Zuckerman Law. Previously, Bachman served as Special Litigation Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and a Deputy Special Counsel with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.