Having a baby cost me £1m a year in bonuses, says banker

EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL GOLDMAN SACHS An executive director Goldman Sacks has brought a case against her ex-employees, Goldman Sachs, claiming she lost millions of pounds of pay after announcing her first pregnancy in 2012.

Sonia Pereiro-Mendez, who joined the bank in Frankfurt in 2003, said she was subjected to repeated sexist comments from her male bosses, and has been cheated out of millions of pounds due to the Goldman pay structure and her legitimate maternity leave. It is claimed that Pereiro-Mendez went as far as to hide cameras in her work place in order to gain evidence for her case.

Presumably to make the point even clearer, Ms Pereiro-Mendez arrived at the Central London employment tribunal with her second child and requested breaks in the proceedings in order to breast-feed.

The bank, which denies all accusations, has claimed in court papers that Ms Pereiro-Mendez did not merit the bonuses because her performance in 2010, 2011 and 2013 fell in the bottom quarter of employees.

Whatever the outcome, the case comes as part of a wave of action by women against their high-powered employees; Ellen Pao's recent sexual discrimination case rocked Silicon Valley and Chia Hong has brought similar claims against Facebook. It's a galling situation to have to endure, but these women are opening the lid of something rife and unfair: workplace bias. And no women should have to put up with that.