On November 13, 2020, Cohen Milstein and the Clancy Law Firm filed an amended complaint against Bloomberg L.P. in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York on behalf of two female reporters, both former or current Bloomberg L.P. News reporters or producers, alleging a pattern or practice of sex discrimination at Bloomberg Media.  Nafeesa Syeed, a former reporter, and Naula Ndugga, a current producer, seek to represent a class of women who work or have worked as reporters, producers and editors for Bloomberg Media, and have been subjected to discrimination in pay and promotions.

On October 25, 2021, the Court denied in part and granted in part Defendants’ motion to dismiss, enabling Ms. Ndugga’s claims for class-wide pay discrimination and individual hostile work environment under New York State and New York City Human Rights laws to continue, and also permitting Plaintiffs to amend their complaint. Plaintiffs’ amended complaint was filed on December 10, 2021.

Case Background

Plaintiffs, both former or current Bloomberg L.P. News reporters or producers, bring this case to challenge systemic sex discrimination in compensation and promotions, which was directed from the highest levels at Bloomberg Media and adversely affected their own careers, as well as those of hundreds of other women who work or worked at Bloomberg Media as Reporters, Producers, or Editors. Plaintiffs and the proposed class were subject to promotion decisions that were intended to, and had the effect of, adversely affecting women, which were made by the Editorial Management Committee, a small group consisting solely of white men, based in New York, which systematically favored white men like the committee members over women such as Plaintiffs and the proposed class. The Editorial Management Committee exercised similar power over compensation and performance evaluation decisions, with the intention, and having the effect, of disfavoring women. In particular, the Editorial Management Committee set new hire pay rates – which set the basis of salary for those individuals as they progress in Defendant’s workforce – by relying significantly on their prior compensation before working at Bloomberg, notwithstanding that this factor has had a significant adverse impact on women.

The case name is: Syeed v. Bloomberg, L.P., Civ. No. 20-cv-07464 (GHW), United States District Court, Southern District of New York.