The number of pregnant women at news and financial data company Bloomberg LP who claim to have suffered sex discrimination has grown to 58 from three, an attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said on Thursday.
EEOC lawyer Raechel Adams told a federal judge at a pre-trial hearing that since her agency filed its suit in September, the number of pregnant women who had had their duties reduced or been excluded from employment opportunities had risen to 58.
The class was likely to grow, she told U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Bloomberg LP's lawyer, Anna Aquilar, told the judge that her client had given the EEOC more than one million pages of data related to employees over the last 10 years. She said the privately held company, founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, would also hand over e-mails.
Calls and e-mails to Bloomberg LP's spokeswoman seeking further comment were not returned.
Adams said her agency had sent questionnaires to 478 women who were at Bloomberg LP and had taken a maternity leave since 2002. She said the EEOC was still conducting follow up interviews with the women.
The EEOC lawsuit claims the company discriminated against pregnant employees by cutting their pay and demoting them. It also claims the women were paid less when they returned from maternity leave and were demoted and replaced by "junior" male employees.
The EEOC took action after Jill Patricot, Tanys Lancaster and Janet Loures filed charges with the government agency.