Publicis Hit With $100 Million Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

The conglomerate, headquartered in Paris, owns several publicity companies, including MSL Group.

A lawsuit has been filed in New York City against one of the largest advertising companies, Publicis Groupe, alleging that it discriminates against female workers, reports the New York Post.

Filed Thursday in federal court, the lawsuit claims that women -- who make up 70 percent of the firm’s workforce worldwide — only make up 15 percent of the company’s management positions.

The lawsuit also claims that Publicis Groupe fires women after returning from maternity leave. It is seeking more than $100 million in compensatory and punitive damages, and represents women who were employed by the company from 2008 and on.

Publicis Groupe has about 49,000 employees in more than 100 countries, according to its official website. It owns several advertising and communications firms who have served the entertainment industry, including MSL Group, Fallon Worldwide, Kaplan Thaler Group, Saatchi & Saatchi and Leo Burnett Worldwide.