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Female executive at fund manager was fired for fulfilling jury duty, lawsuit claims

A financial marketing executive started missing work because she was on a grand jury, which ultimately led her boss to fire her, a new gender discrimination suit claims.

Catherine Cardaci alleges the asset manager VanEck Associates Corp., where she was employed as chief marketing officer, was a boys’ club where better-performing female staffers earned less and were treated worse than male counterparts.

With the “prejudiced atmosphere towards women at VanEck and the scrutiny to which female employees’ requests for leave were judged,” it was “no surprise” she was told she was being fired about a week after saying telling her boss there would be an extension in her grand jury duty, which occasionally pulled her out of work, Cardaci’s lawsuit alleges.

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