On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, Wigdor LLP filed a sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation lawsuit on behalf of Plaintiff William Jarrad Littleton against Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (“Goldman Sachs” or the “Bank”). The lawsuit alleges that Goldman Sachs systemically fails to protect its LGBTQ+ employees from unlawful discrimination and retaliation in the workplace.
Mr. Littleton, a former Vice President at the Bank who is gay and Latino, was hired by Goldman Sachs as an Analyst immediately after graduating college in 2010, and received several promotions throughout his tenure at the Bank. Mr. Littleton also held several leadership positions in Goldman Sachs’s “LGBT Network” and was one of the strongest advocates of LGBTQ+ inclusion at the Bank.
As alleged, Goldman Sachs abruptly fired Mr. Littleton in 2018 after he complained to Employee Relations (“ER”) that he had been subjected to numerous incidents of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, including being excluded from a client call because “he sounded too gay” and being asked by a supervisor, “What’s wrong with you? Do you act this way because you’re gay?”
Wall Street must do a better job of creating an environment that supports and accepts LGBTQ+ employees. Wigdor LLP has filed a lawsuit alleging that @GoldmanSachs fired an 8-year employee in retaliation for complaints of sexual orientation discrimination. https://t.co/LzOIY96fNH
— Douglas Wigdor – Wigdor Law (@WigdorLaw) June 5, 2019
Mr. Littleton is represented by Wigdor LLP Founding Partner Douglas H. Wigdor, Partner David E. Gottlieb and Associate Julia L. Elmaleh-Sachs.
Statement from David E. Gottlieb, Partner at Wigdor LLP:
“Wall Street continues to struggle to create an environment that is inclusive and accepting of LGBTQ+ employees. Mr. Littleton’s experiences demonstrate that Goldman Sachs in particular has failed to embrace this important responsibility. We intend to send a message to all businesses in New York, and Goldman in particular, that this type of treatment towards LGBTQ+ employees will not be tolerated.”