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Judge says discrimination lawsuit against Motorola can go forward October 12, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discrimination, glass ceiling, Sexism.
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A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit claiming sex discrimination by Motorola Inc. in the firing of a top female executive can go forward.In denying a motion for dismissal, U.S. District Judge David H. Coar wrote that Schaumburg-based Motorola, the world’s second-largest cell phone maker, offered “very few objective and quantifiable measures” to support Theresa Metty’s firing.

Metty filed the lawsuit in July 2005, several months after her firing as Motorola’s chief procurement officer.

“The glass ceiling at Motorola, and many other corporations, remains rigidly in place,” Metty said in a press release issued Wednesday by her attorney, Denean Sturino.

In his ruling Tuesday, Coar also questioned whether Motorola chief executive Ed Zander and others improperly tried to “construct a record or paper trail” to justify their actions.

In a statement, Motorola said Metty’s claims of discrimination were groundless.


“We are confident that this matter will be resolved to our satisfaction at trial and Motorola’s outstanding reputation and practices will be upheld,” said the statement cited in a story posted Wednesday on the Chicago Tribune’s Web site.

Source: Mercury News

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