G. Schirmer Retaliation and Gender Discrimination Suit: A lawsuit holding G. Schirmer, Inc.—an arm of Music Sales Corporation, one of the world’s largest music publishers—and its President, Robert Thompson, accountable for firing a new mother who complained about Thompson's improper sexual relationship with an intern.
Former Promotion Manager Heather “Mattie” Kaiser, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, says that Mr. Thompson began targeting and harassing her when she complained to Music Sales leadership about Thompson’s exploitative workplace relationship, which was in direct violation of the
company’s written policy and caused discomfort for the female staff working under
As soon as Ms. Kaiser announced her pregnancy Mr. Thompson escalated his harassment,
stripping Ms. Kaiser of her responsibilities and her clients, and then firing her and irreparably damaging her reputation as a successful promotion manager in the world of classical music.
Music Sales and G. Schirmer are two of the many companies recently exposed for hindering new mothers from continuing their careers while allowing male executives’ exploitation of younger female employees. In bringing the lawsuit Ms. Kaiser hopes to shed light on the toxicity and sexism that pervade companies like Music Sales and its subsidiary G. Schirmer.
The lawsuit seeks to recover compensatory and punitive damages, unpaid overtime wages, interest, and attorneys' fees. For more information, or to bring a claim for sexual harassment, contact us.