Mass. woman files $100M lawsuit against Cigna

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Posted: Mar 03, 2011 1:13 PM
Mass. woman files $100M lawsuit against Cigna

An employee of Cigna Healthcare Inc. has filed a $100 million federal lawsuit claiming the health insurer engages in a widespread pattern of gender discrimination and harassment against women.

Contracting manager Bretta Karp of Shrewsbury says in the suit filed Thursday in Boston that the Philadelphia-based company favors male employees over women for promotions, pays men more, and tolerates harassment and intimidation of female employees.

Karp says she was denied promotions and raises and had her responsibilities reduced despite favorable performance reviews.

The suit also alleges that when female employees complain, the company does little or nothing. The suit seeks class action status.

Cigna says in a statement that it is committed to diversity and equal opportunity, prohibits any form of discrimination, and intends to defend itself.