EMC faces sexual discrimination class action lawsuit


EMC faces sexual discrimination class action lawsuit

Antony Savvas

EMC is facing a class action sexual discrimination lawsuit after two women filed discrimination claims against the storage firm.

The discrimination claims centre on the firm's sales team in Chicago between 2001 and 2004.

The Wall Street Journal reports that 12 other women have now come forward with their own claims of EMC discrimination, and that the judge in the case is considering allowing them to join the original lawsuit.

The two women in the lawsuit claim they had customer accounts taken off them were denied commission were denied sales support were told they did not fit into male sales pursuits such as strip clubs, hunting and fishing and received verbal insults.

Both women eventually lost their jobs at the firm.

EMC CEO, Joe Tucci, has addressed all EMC employees in response to the claims, rejecting any suggestion that EMC discriminates.

He said female EMC salespeople actually earned more on average than men in the period between 2001 and 2004, and that female representation at the higher echelons of the firm had more than doubled in recent years.

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