Charlotte Hanna, a VP at Goldman Sachs University, claims that the institution discriminated against her following the birth of her first child and then gave her the sack while she was on maternity leave with her second.
According to Ms Hanna, she was forced onto a âmommy-trackâ and had potential avenues of career progression shut after she became a mother.
The complaint, quoted by Reuters, said: âWhen Ms Hanna decided to take the 'off-ramp' provided by the firm to devote time to her children, there was no 'on-ramp' that enabled her to return to full-time employment.
"Essentially, the 'off-ramp' was a direct path to a mommy-track that ultimately derailed Ms Hanna's career."
The suit was filed at a federal court and claimed the bank violated legislation outlined in the US Family Medical Leave Act.
Goldman Sachs University is an internal training program run by the institution to develop new staff.
By Jim Ottewill