Despite pressure from lawmakers and women’s rights advocates, accounting giant Ernst & Young is refusing to let Karen Ward, a former partner, take her sexual harassment case to a public courtroom…
Ward’s case also drew support and attention from Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), the National Women’s Law Center, former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, and former Fox anchor and women’s rights advocate Gretchen Carlson.
Reached by email on Tuesday, Rep. Maloney chastised EY.
“I am deeply disappointed that Ernst & Young does not recognize how their forced arbitration policies undermine the fight against sexual harassment and gender equality,” she said. “Its decision to inflict financial and emotional distress upon Karen Ward, whom I applaud for her courage and determination, is wrongheaded and must stop. Ernst & Young should immediately free Karen Ward from these harmful policies that promote discrimination and protect abusers.”
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