An executive at Goldman Sachs (GS) on Wednesday sued the firm and one of its managing directors for discrimination, alleging her attempts at inking Allergan (AGN) CEO Brent Saunders as a client was shot down over racial and religious prejudice, CNBC reports.

The lawsuit, brought by Goldman VP Rebecca Allen, alleges that "the discrimination committed against Ms. Allen should come as no surprise given that the Bank has virtually no Black presence in its leadership."

Continuing that Allen has suffered "discriminatory comments" at Goldman Sachs "based on the fact that she is Jewish, including various inquiries clearly designed to determine 'how Jewish' Ms. Allen is, given that she is Black."

A Goldman spokesman has said that the firm believes the case is "without merit" and that they will "vigorously contest it."

"Our success depends on our ability to maintain a diverse employee base and we are focused on recruiting, retaining and promoting diverse professionals at all levels," the spokesman added.

Shares of Goldman Sachs were lower during afternoon trading on Wednesday. 

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