01 Feb '11, 4am

Toshiba slapped with sexism suit

NEW YORK - A senior manager at Toshiba has filed a US$100 million ($128-million) lawsuit accusing an American unit of the Japanese company of gender bias against women in pay and promotions. The plaintiff, Ms Elaine Cyphers, contends Toshiba America pays women lower salaries and bonuses than men who perform similar work. She also alleges the company steers women into lower-grade positions and favours men in promotions. Ms Cyphers said this results in an "astounding lack of women in leadership positions", despite Toshiba's creation six years ago of a "Gender Equality Office". The complaint said only 3.4 per cent of Toshiba's 6,273 managers worldwide are women. "The numbers are atrocious," said Ms Cyphers' lawyer, Mr David Sanford. "We believe the class claims are significant, and will be substantiated in the litigation." Ms Cyphers said she has been human resources manager ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Business/EDC110201-0000378/Tos...

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