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作者:张无忌之1989 提交日期:2005-10-27 13:56:00 | 分类: | 访问量:1024
摩根斯坦利5400万了结性别歧视案
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/12/business/12CND-MORGAN.html?hp
Morgan Stanley Settles Bias Case for $54 Million
By PETER S. GREEN
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Published: July 12, 2004
摩根斯坦利5400万了结性别歧视案
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In a last-minute, out-of-court settlement, Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay up to $54 million to settle claims that the investment bank blocked more than 300 female employees from promotions and bonuses in its institutional equities division, while rewarding lesser-performing men.
在最后时刻,摩根斯坦利庭外同意支付5400万美元以了结对这家投资银行的指控。指控称这家银行在它的institutional equities division阻止300名女性职员获得进升和奖励,表现较差的男性职员却得到公司的表彰。
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The settlement between Morgan Stanley and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission came just hours before opening arguments were to begin in the case, the first sexual discrimination dispute on Wall Street to come to court. The agreement, a three-year, court-sanctioned consent decree between the bank and the commission, was reached after weekend talks between the chief executive of Morgan Stanley, Philip Purcell, and the chairwoman of the commission, Cari M. Dominguez.
这个发生在摩根斯坦利和美国公平就业委员会之间的调解来得正是时候,再过几个小时,此案的公开辩论就要开始了。这是发生在华尔街的性别歧视争议第一次走上法庭。
摩根士丹利首席执行官裴熙亮与公平就业委员会主席Cari M. Dominguez周末会晤后,双方就这个历时三年的案子达成了法庭认可的和解协议。
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"The court is not ruling on the merits of any party's allegations," Judge Richard Berman of the United States District Court told reporters today as he announced the decree.
“法庭并未就任何一方观点的是非作出判决,”地区法院的Richard Berman 法官今天宣布这项协议时告诉记者。
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The suit was filed in 2001 by the commission on a complaint by a former Morgan Stanley equities trader, Allison Schieffelin. Ms. Schieffelin, who made $1.35 million in 1998, was fired in 2000 after she claimed she was denied a promotion because she is a woman.
摩根斯坦利前股票交易员Allison Schieffelin向公平就业委员会投诉,2001年公平就业委员会提起诉讼。Allison Schieffelin声称因为她是一个女性,被剥夺了进升的机会,2000年她被解雇了。1998年时她替公司挣了135万美元。
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Ms. Schieffelin also complained of discrimination at the firm, including men-only golf games and visits with clients to strip clubs. Opening arguments in the case had been set to begin today before a jury of eight women and four men.
Allison Schieffelin还投诉公司其它方面的歧视,包括只有男人才有打网球的机会,只有男性雇员才能陪客户到脱衣舞俱乐部。公开辩论原定今天开始,陪审团有8名女性和四名男性组成。
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"It's a watershed in safeguarding and promoting the rights of women on Wall Street," Judge Berman said, according to Bloomberg News.
“这个案子是保护和促进华尔街女性权益的分水岭,”Berman法官对布隆伯格新闻社说。
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The consent decree will establish a special fund of $40 million to compensate women whose careers have been stymied by sexual discrimination, and will force bankers to undergo training to prevent further cases. As part of the agreement, Morgan Stanley denied any wrongdoing, and said it had always treated women well.
和解协议将成立一个4000万美元的特别基金,对职业生涯中遭受性别歧视伤害的女性进行补偿,并且强制银行家们实施培训,以防类似案件的发生。根据协议,摩根斯坦利不承担任何过错,并表明它一以贯之地优待女性。
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"We are proud of our commitment to diversity, and would like to thank the E.E.O.C. staff for working with us to conclude this matter in such a positive way," Mr. Purcell said in a statement. "We look forward to working with the E.E.O.C. in accomplishing our common goals."
“我们致力于多样性,并为此感到自豪,我们还要感谢公平就业委员会的员工,他们与我们一道为这件事寻求了一个积极的解决办法,”裴熙亮在一份声明中说,“我们期待着与公平就业委员会一道实现我们共同的目标。”
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Judy Keenan, a senior trial attorney with the E.E.O.C., which brought the suit in federal court, said: "It's significant not only because of the monetary aspect but because it also provides injunctive relief."
把此案递往联邦法庭的公平就业委员会高级审判律师Judy Keenan说“此案意义重大,不但因为金钱方面,而且因为它建立了injunctive relief一种强制补偿机制。”
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"We are hoping this settlement sends a message to other companies in the industry that discrimination will not be tolerated," she added.
“我们希望这个解决方案能向业内其它公司传递一个信号,歧视是不能容忍的。”她又说。
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Lynne Hecht Schafran, the senior vice president of Legal Momentum, a legal advocacy group for women's rights, said the Morgan Stanley settlement might influence the country's biggest pending sexual discrimination lawsuit, against the retail giant Wal-Mart.
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妇女权益合法鼓吹团体 Legal Momentum的资深副主席Lynne Hecht Schafran指出,摩根斯坦利案件的解决将会对全国最大的一起性别歧视诉讼产生影响,这个针对零售巨人沃尔玛的案子还悬而未决。
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That suit contends that Wal-Mart paid women less than men in similar jobs and failed to promote women to managerial posts. Wal-Mart is America's biggest private sector employer, and a judge recently allowed up to 1.6 million women to join the suit.
原告指控沃尔玛男女雇员同工不同酬,女性没有机会竞升管理职位。沃尔玛是全美最大的私营雇主,法管最近允许近160万妇女参与这项诉讼。
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"Maybe this will lead Wal-Mart to decide it's better to put this case behind it," Ms. Schafran said. "Or maybe not, because the exposure there is enormous."
“也许这将促使沃尔玛认识到此事早了早好,”Schafran先生说,“也许不会,因为披露出来的情况太多了。”
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The settlement provides $40 million for a claims fund to be administered by a special master appointed by the court, a $12 million settlement for Ms. Schieffelin, and $2 million to be spent by Morgan Stanley to put into place training and monitoring programs to prevent new cases of sexual discrimination at the firm.
协议内容包括:成立一个4000万美元的、由法庭任命的专家管理的索赔基金,支付Ms. Schieffelin1200万美元,摩根斯坦利拿出200万美元,用以实施培训和监督计划,防止新的性别歧视在该公司再次发生。
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An ombudsman will appointed to handle complaints from female employees at the bank, and an independent outside monitor will also be appointed to ensure that the compensation fund is being properly spent.
将会有一位调查官受命处理该银行女性雇员的投诉,为保证该项赔偿基金花在该花的地方,整个过程将有一名独立第三方监察官监督。
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"I am so happy that there is a great settlement that's good for everybody," Ms. Schieffelin, now 42, told reporters outside the courthouse in Manhattan.
“这个英明的解决方案对各方都有好处,这很高兴,”今年42岁的Ms. Schieffelin站在位于曼哈顿的法庭外对记者说。
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Morgan Stanley's share price rose 34 cents to $50.34 in New York Stock Exchange trading today.
纽约证券交易所摩根斯坦利的股票今日上涨了34%,达到50·34美元。

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