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August 18, 2011 1:50 PM

Judge Sides with Wilkie Farr Client, Bloomberg, LLP, in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Posted by John Hazard

By Mark Hamblett, New York Law Journal

Thomas H. Golden of Wilkie Farr & Gallagher, won a victory for his client Bloomberg, LLP, in a case against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over claims Bloomberg discriminated against pregnant women (New York law Journal, subscription required), sibling publication New York Law Journal reported.

Southern District judge Loretta Preska granted summary judgment for the financial services and media company yesterday, rejecting allegations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and individual plaintiffs that Bloomberg engaged in a systematic practice of decreasing the pay, responsibility and other terms of employment for pregnant employees and women who became pregnant and took maternity leave. The "heralded" accusations made against the media giant "are not enough," the judge said in a 64-page opinion in EEOC v. Bloomberg L.P., and Patricot v. Bloomberg L.P., 07 Civ. 8383.

The class period covers Feb. 1, 2002, to March 31, 2009, and the EEOC identified a total of 78 women who had discrimination claims. Bloomberg countered by comparing that number with a total of 603 employees who were pregnant or took maternity leave during the class period.

Preska's decision leaves remaining dozens of individual claims of discrimination that will have to be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Golden is a partner in the litigation department at Wilkie Farr. He previously represented Bloomberg on a successful Freedom of Information Act suit against the Federal Reserve.

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