Sex-Discrimination At Publicis? Lawsuit Alleges Yes

Last week, a former female executive of Publicis Groupe’s PR unit filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the company, reports PRDaily.

Monique da Silva Moore, a former global health-care director for PR firm MSLGroup, is asking for $100 million in back pay and damages, alleging that Publicis does not pay its female employees equal to men and does not promote them at the same rate as men.

The suit noted that while women make up 70 percent of Publicis’s employees worldwide, that doesn’t translate into breaking the glass ceiling.

“While Publicis funnels women into entry level rank-and-file positions at a disproportionate rate, these female PR employees rarely break through the glass ceiling at any agency in the conglomerate. Men dominate the senior management ranks throughout Publicis worldwide.”

A spokesperson at MSLGroup told PRDaily that “We generally do not comment on pending litigation, but we can say that the fact that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dismissed Ms. da Silva’s charge reflects the lack of merit to her claims.”

Ms. da Silva Moore’s lawyer responded that yes, the EEOC did not issue a finding concerning this suit, but “the EEOC’s investigation has no bearing on the litigation.”