Elaine Cyphers, a senior human resources manager at Toshiba Corp has filed a $100 million class action lawsuit on behalf of all current and former Toshiba female employees in the United States. The lawsuit alleges that Toshiba engages in systematic gender bias towards women, especially when it comes to salary and promotions. Men who perform similar jobs are apparently being paid a higher salary and are more likely to be promoted than their female counterparts. The suit also highlights the lack of women in leadership positions.
Specifically, Cyphers says a less experienced man was promoted to a position above her although she is more qualified. When Cyphers filed complaints about discrimination, she says the man tried to force her out of the company.
Toshiba is one of many companies in the last few years facing a class action lawsuit due to gender bias. Wal-mart is currently facing the largest class action gender bias lawsuit in the history of the United States. Wal-mart’s suit involved up to 1.5 current and former Wal-mart employees. The Supreme Court is set to decide that case in June.