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Judge Tosses Bloomberg LP Discrimination Suit

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A federal judge dismissed Wednesday a major law suit brought by dozens of women who said Bloomberg LP discriminated against pregnant employees.

The lawsuit was filed in 2007.

Nearly 80 employees said Bloomberg officials either cut their pay, demoted them or reduced their stature in the company.

However, the judge ruled plaintiffs were not able to produce enough evidence that pregnant women were treated differently than other employees, or that actual discrimination was pervasive.

In a statement, Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska said "It is not the court’s role to engage in policy debates or choose the outcome it thinks is best. It is to apply the law. The law does not mandate “work-life balance.”

Some individual claims will still be allowed to proceed.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg himself was not a defendant, but plaintiffs accused him of helping to craft an environment of discrimination. He was also forced to testify.

Bloomberg formally stopped running the media company when he took office in 2002.

In a statement, a Bloomberg LP spokesperson told NY1 the ruling confirms what the company knew all along, that the case was without merit.

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