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Ex-Morgan Stanley banker seeks to file discrimination lawsuit in open court

A former Morgan Stanley executive wrote an open letter to CEO James Gorman asking him to release her from binding arbitration so she could pursue a discrimination lawsuit against the company in open court.

Chau Pham, who was vice president at the company's foreign-exchange sales team, claimed she was fired 22 days after going back to work from her maternity leave.

Pham has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, asking it to investigate the company's treatment of its female employees, Bloomberg News reported.

In the complaint, Pham claimed she received her first negative performance review after the company found out she was pregnant. Some of her client accounts were also allegedly transferred permanently to colleagues while she was on leave. Once she got back, she was also allegedly discriminated upon by male colleagues whenever she took breaks to pump milk, according to the report.

In her letter, Pham urged Gorman to "do the right thing" and to "jump at the opportunity to make positive changes for women who work for Morgan Stanley." Her request, she says, is one such opportunity.