Many LGBT employees in Massachusetts continue to struggle with discrimination in the workplace even after they have reached a significant amount of career success. This is underlined in a lawsuit by a former Goldman Sachs vice president who is suing the Wall Street bank for workplace discrimination. He says that he was fired from his job in retaliation for complaining about discriminatory behavior aimed at him because of his sexual orientation. The openly gay banker was part of the company’s LGBT network before his dismissal.
In the lawsuit, the former banker says that he received eight years of outstanding performance reviews during his time at Goldman Sachs and was repeatedly promoted. However, after he filed a complaint with the bank’s employee relations team, he says that he was targeted for retaliation. He reported a list of incidents, including one occasion where he says he was told by a supervisor that he could not join a conference call with an important client because he “sounded too gay.” After he filed the complaint, he said that he suddenly and unexpectedly received a poor performance review and was later terminated. The former banker said that the critical review was an attempt to lay the groundwork for his dismissal.
Goldman Sachs has long touted its pro-LGBT policies. It received a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign as part of its corporate equality index and provides health insurance coverage for gender-affirming treatment for transgender workers. However, the former banker alleges that this public image does not reflect corporate reality.
LGBT workers may be concerned about their protections in the federal political climate, especially as federal appeals courts have recognized different levels of protection from discrimination. People facing discrimination on the job may consult with Boston, Massachusetts, employee discrimination attorneys about their options under state and local laws as well.