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Lawsuit: Bank Hired Women as 'Eye Candy'
Six female employees have filed a $1.4 billion class-action sex-bias lawsuit against an investment bank, claiming they were hired as "eye candy.Ã¢â‚¬Â
According to the suit filed in Manhattan, one attractive female employee at the German bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Securities LLC was openly called "the Pamela Anderson of tradingÃ¢â‚¬Â by her boss.
The six women Ã¢â‚¬â€œ five of whom work in New York and one in London Ã¢â‚¬â€œ also allege that executives brought prostitutes to the office for lunch.
Plaintiff Jyoti Ruta claims she was once pressured by a boss and a colleague to leave a dinner celebrating a deal so that male employees could go to a strip club, the New York Post reports.
Another plaintiff, Kathleen Treglia, said salesmen admitted they chose female junior hires based on appearance because they wanted "eye candyÃ¢â‚¬Â in the office, according to the suit, submitted on behalf of any female employee of the bank in the U.S. or any female U.S. citizen who works for the bank overseas.
The women alleged in the suit that the company condoned relationships between top executives and female subordinates, and one married boss dated his personal assistant and impregnated her.
The six stated that they wanted to end unfair promotion practices and unequal pay for men and women at the bank, according to the Post.
Said Ruta: "The glass ceiling is unfortunately alive and well at Dresdner.Ã¢â‚¬Â