Sex-discrimination lawsuit filed against Publicis

A former female employee of the company alleges ‘systemic, company-wide discrimination against its female PR employees in the U.S.’

The lawsuit seeks class-action status for female PR employees who worked at Publicis in the U.S. from 2008 until a judgment is entered. The suit, filed in Manhattan, is asking for $100 million in back pay, damages, and legal expenses. Monique da Silva Moore, a former global health-care director for PR firm MSLGroup, filed the complaint.

A spokesperson at MSLGroup told PR Daily: “We generally do not comment on pending litigation, but we can say that the fact that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dismissed Ms. da Silva’s charge reflects the lack of merit to her claims.”

Janette Wipper, a partner at Sanford, Wittels & Heisler, the law firm representing Silva Moore and the class, responded to the MSLGroup’s statement. In an e-mail to PR Daily, Wipper said: “The EEOC did not issue any finding concerning our client’s charge and did issue a right to sue letter. However, the EEOC’s investigation has no bearing on the litigation.”

The suit offers three examples of gender discrimination at the company:

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