Seyfarth Shaw Labor and Employment partner David Kadue is quoted in the June 14 edition of Financial Times. The article discusses a Silicon Valley sexual discrimination case in which the junior partner at a company filed a lawsuit against her employer, claiming that the firm’s management overlooked women for promotions and did nothing to stop a male colleague from retaliating when she refused to maintain a relationship with him.
The article explains that many women in companies generally acknowledge sexist behavior among themselves, but rarely file formal complaints. "If women do file formal complaints with their employers, they are often resolved in corner offices, usually with the woman leaving the company with a severance package," noted David. The article posits that today, most companies and venture capital firms require employees to use a confidential arbitration process in the event of a disagreement. This offers more protection from sexist behavior and can be resolved more quietly.