Mayor Bloomberg was deposed yesterday in a case alleging widespread sexual harassment and gender discrimination at Bloomberg’s media and financial news corporation. The deposition lasted for nearly four hours, and concerned the allegations of discrimination brought by over 80 female employees. The suit alleges that the company systematically discriminated against female employees who took maternity leave while pregnant.
While Bloomberg is not an individually named defendant in the action, he is a majority shareholder in the massive media conglomerate. The incidents allegedly occurred after Bloomberg was elected to Mayor, but his answers are expected to be used to determine company policy and how charges of discrimination are handled.