A former senior manager at KPMG has filed a proposed $350 million class-action lawsuit against the firm alleging a pattern of gender discrimination that has prevented women from being promoted to leadership positions.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday by Donna Kassman, 54, who worked in KPMG’s New York offices for 17 years. She resigned after she was denied a promised promotion and had her salary cut by $20,000 when she went on maternity leave. The firm allegedly told her she was being paid “too much” and when she asked about ways to earn back the $20,000, her male supervisor allegedly told her she did not need the money because she “had a nice engagement ring.”
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