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Case Name Kassman v. KPMG LLP EE-NY-0271
Docket / Court No. 11 Civ. 3743 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Post-WalMart decisions on class certification
Case Summary
On June 2, 2011, a class of female managers filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, New York Executive Law, the New York Equal Pay Law, and the New York City ... read more >
On June 2, 2011, a class of female managers filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, New York Executive Law, the New York Equal Pay Law, and the New York City Administrative Code against KPMG LLP, an audit, tax and advisory services firm. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for permanent injunctive relief and damages for employment discrimination on the basis of gender. Specifically the class claimed disparate pay, denial of promotion and advancement opportunities, pregnancy and caregiver discrimination, hostile work environment, mishandling of complaints and retaliation, and constructive discharge.

On January 6, 2012, the requested class was expanded to include female associates.

On February 7, 2013, the Court (Judge Jesse M. Furman) dismissed claims under New York State and New York City laws with regard to plaintiffs who neither work nor live in the relevant jurisdictions. The Court also dismissed individual plaintiffs' retaliation claims and one plaintiff's discriminatory performance evaluation claims.

As of November 21, 2013, this case is pending.

Christianna Kyriacou - 11/21/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State law
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) KPMG LLC
Plaintiff Description class of female managers and associates
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:11-cv-03743-LGS (S.D.N.Y.) 09/23/2013
EE-NY-0271-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/02/2011 (2011 WL 2150674)
EE-NY-0271-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Amended Class Action Complaint 01/06/2012
EE-NY-0271-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion and Order (Granting in part and Denying in part 36 Motion to Dismiss) 02/07/2013 (925 F.Supp.2d 453) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0271-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for Equitable Tolling of the Statute of Limitations for Absent Collective Action Members' Claims under the Equal Pay Act 05/13/2013
EE-NY-0271-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Directing Clerk of Court to Close Motion No. 87) 08/20/2013 (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0271-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Furman, Jesse Matthew (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0271-0003
Schofield, Lorna Gail (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0271-0005 | EE-NY-0271-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bains, Deepika (New York)
EE-NY-0271-0001 | EE-NY-0271-0002 | EE-NY-0271-9000
Heisler, Jeremy (New York)
EE-NY-0271-0001 | EE-NY-0271-0002 | EE-NY-0271-9000
Kimpel, Katherine M. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0271-0002 | EE-NY-0271-0004 | EE-NY-0271-9000
Lamm, Katherine E. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0271-0002 | EE-NY-0271-9000
Mueting, Katie (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0271-9000
Nurhussein, Siham (New York)
EE-NY-0271-0001 | EE-NY-0271-0002 | EE-NY-0271-9000
Sanford, David W. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0271-0002 | EE-NY-0271-9000
Wipper, Janette L. (California)
EE-NY-0271-0001 | EE-NY-0271-0002 | EE-NY-0271-9000
Wittels, Steven Lance (New York)
EE-NY-0271-0001 | EE-NY-0271-0002 | EE-NY-0271-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Aranyos, Stephanie Lauren (New York)
EE-NY-0271-9000
Hughes, Peter O. (New Jersey)
EE-NY-0271-9000
Kenney, Colleen M. (Illinois)
EE-NY-0271-9000
Lazerson, Wendy M. (California)
EE-NY-0271-9000
Levi, John G. (Illinois)
EE-NY-0271-9000
Moore, Steven Woodrow (Colorado)
EE-NY-0271-9000
Saunders, Diane Marjorie (Massachusetts)
EE-NY-0271-9000
Stanton, Cheryl Marie (New York)
EE-NY-0271-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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