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Women Sue MetLife on Sex Discrimination Charges

Five women from different branches of the MetLife insurance filed a suit yesterday charging the insurance giant with sex discrimination in compensation, hiring and promoting policies. During a news conference, the women recalled their experiences with MetLife, including being passed over for promotions in favor of a less qualified, less experience male co-workers; being denied high-level management positions considered to be “rough positions that women could not handle;” having their positions eliminated, then recreated and given to under qualified male employees, and suffering retaliation when they brought the inequities to their supervisors’ attention. Currently 25 percent of MetLife’s 6,000 sales representatives are women, but women hold only 7 percent of branch management positions and no regional or zone vice president positions.

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New York Times Ð March 14, 2001