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WeWork sued by former execs claiming gender, age discrimination

Published: June 20, 2019 10:27 p.m. ET

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Former SVP says men got the biggest pay packages

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People work on laptop computers in a common room at the Embarcadero WeWork Cos Inc. offices in San Francisco.

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Eliot Brown

WeWork Cos. is being sued by two former executives who are accusing the shared-office company of gender and age discrimination as it gears up for an initial public offering.

On Thursday, a former senior vice president who oversaw compensation issues at the company said that an overwhelming number of large pay packages went to male executives. Earlier this month, a former construction executive alleged that he was unfairly replaced by someone younger.

Dominic McMullan, a spokesman for WeWork, said the claims in the lawsuit filed Thursday are meritless and the company intends to fight them.

Lisa Bridges, the former human-resources executive, said in a complaint filed in state court in New York that pay was highly skewed in favor of men and that after she raised the issue, WeWork put her on leave and moved to terminate her.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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