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Moog denies claims of workplace discrimination made in $1million lawsuit

Synthesiser manufacturer Moog Music has categorically denied disturbing allegations of workplace discrimination and misogyny made by a former employee in a federal civil rights lawsuit.

Former employee Hannah Green claims that she faced extensive misogyny, discrimination and even physical assault while working at the company, as first reported by The Asheville Blade, a local publication in the firm’s home town in North Carolina.

Green is seeking over $1 million in compensation and damages and hopes “to make sure Moog Music never does this to anyone else ever again”.

Green joined the company from a temping agency in 2018 as a sales assistant and personal assistant to the head of sales and later became a full-time employee. She said that she managed 20 accounts of her own, but that her job title was not updated to reflect the change in her responsibilities.

The former employee describes a “deep culture of misogyny” including inappropriate jokes and unfair treatment. She also claims to have been verbally and physically assaulted on one occasion.

Green eventually left the company in 2020 when her position was dissolved. 

She claims that Moog’s HR department repeatedly ignored her complaints during her time there.

The lawsuit which was filed in March, cites multiple causes of action, including two separate discriminations based on sex, plus breach of contract, emotional distress, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

Moog categorically denies all of the claims made by Green, branding them “false”. The company has since released a full statement:

“This statement concerns unsubstantiated allegations made within an online article that recently appeared in the Asheville Blade. The article details supposed incidents of an ex-Moog Music employee who filed a lawsuit against Moog Music claiming discrimination and retaliation. Moog categorically denies these claims, which are false. The author of the Asheville Blade article did not contact Moog Music or give us an opportunity to comment, respond to, or refute any of these false allegations.

“Given the matter is subject to pending litigation, we can only comment on some of the facts. First, this former employee filed a charge of discrimination with the US Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), and the EEOC subsequently investigated and dismissed the claim. Second, Moog Music conducted its own internal investigation and found that the allegations of the accuser regarding discrimination and retaliation to be unsubstantiated.

“We recognise that discrimination and abuse is too common of an occurrence at workplaces around the world and we stand as allies with those who have experienced these inexcusable behaviours. We trust that people who know our organisation, have been to our facilities, and have interacted with our employees, know that they are loving and respectful people. Our executive leadership (50 per cent female, average female tenure ~9 years) will continue to focus on providing a safe and nurturing environment for our employees and will have nothing further to say on this matter until the litigation is finalised.”

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