Three female financial advisors at Merrill Lynch’s Manhattan-based flagship offices claim that they were subjected to gender discrimination at the hands of an overbearing boss, according to court documents filed in New York State Court this week. The employees allege that they were respectively told to “stick to knitting” rather than going after new clients, relegated to answering telephones rather than handling accounts and given a book entitled “Seducing the [Old] Boys Club: Uncensored Tactics from a Woman at the Top.”
In the first lawsuit, the three employees joined together to allege that their employment was unlawfully terminated in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) and the New York City Human Rights Law. Merrill Lynch claims that the women were later fired as part of a large-scale layoff a mere seven months after they had been hired. To date, two separate lawsuits have been filed against the investment giant:
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