From the NY Times:
The federal government on Thursday morning began deposing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in connection with a discrimination lawsuit against the eponymous financial services and media giant he founded.
The deposition began at 9 a.m. in Manhattan, and was expected to last several hours, according to lawyers involved in the case, which was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Mr. Bloomberg’s participation represents the most significant moment yet in a class-action lawsuit on behalf of more than 80 female employees who argue that Bloomberg L.P. engaged in a pattern of discrimination against pregnant women who took maternity leave.
Mr. Bloomberg, who is the majority shareholder of the company, is not a defendant in the lawsuit. The discrimination is said to have taken place after Mr. Bloomberg left to make a successful mayoral bid in 2001, but the suit asserts that “Michael Bloomberg is responsible for the creation of the systemic, top-down culture of discrimination.” And the mayor has conceded that he talked regularly to senior executives at the firm and was kept abreast of what was happening there.