Two former top Goldman Sachs executives must testify in one of the biggest gender-discrimination cases in Wall Street history, a federal judge ruled.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger on Tuesday denied a move by the bank to block pre-trial depositions of former Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein and former President Gary Cohn, ruling in favor of a group of women who claim they were denied equal pay and promotions by the bank.
“What they knew is important because, as the plaintiffs point out, the buck stops there,” Lehrburger said, delivering his ruling at the end of a telephonic court hearing.
Lehrburger said he will decide after the Blankfein and Cohn depositions are taken whether the women can also take testimony from Goldman’s current chairman and CEO, David Solomon.
“We are looking forward to providing our perspective on this matter, and remain confident that we will prevail in court,” said Maeve DuVally, a spokeswoman for Goldman.
Blankfein served as chairman and CEO from 2006 to 2018. Cohn was president and chief operating officer from 2006 to 2016, when he left Goldman to serve as President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser.