Marla Crawford, a former vice president and associate general counsel in Goldman’s litigation and regulatory proceedings group, filed suit Monday in New York state court, alleging that she faced retaliation after raising concerns about global litigation head
The suit alleges Cafasso told General Counsel
A Goldman spokesperson said the bank conducted a review of the allegations in this complaint and found that they were completely without merit. “Goldman Sachs has a robust process for taking disciplinary action when warranted, and the firm took proper and appropriate disciplinary action with respect to the personnel matters that Ms. Crawford references,” the spokesperson said.
According to the suit, the woman targeted by Cafasso hired attorney
Crawford, who says she was a confidant of the woman, claims she tried to provide relevant information about Cafasso’s conduct but was told to keep quiet. She says her job ratings were subsequently lowered, her bonus was cut and she was terminated after she refused to move to Dallas after more than 10 years with the bank, according to the suit.
“Never in my wildest imagination would I ever think I would be in this position,” Crawford said Monday in an interview.
The Goldman spokesperson said Crawford’s division was relocated to a different city as part of a restructuring and she declined to move.
The suit comes just as the bank’s image has been tarnished by accusations and punishments against the bank after a years-long Justice Department probe into the plundering of Malaysia’s 1MDB investment fund, for which Goldman helped raise billions of dollars. The scandal has cost the bank more than $5 billion and forced its Asia division to plead guilty to a U.S. criminal charge.
Seymour joined Goldman as general counsel two years ago amid the U.S. criminal investigation into 1MDB. Cafasso came aboard as a managing director and associate general counsel later that year. Both were formerly partners at the New York law firm of
The case is Marla Crawford v the Goldman Sachs Group Inc., New York State Supreme Court, New York County.
(Updates with detail from complaint, adds background)
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