A sex harassment suit has been brought by hundreds of former employees of Sterling Jewelers, the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that owns Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and Kay Jewelers. In the arbitration suit, the former employees claim the company’s chief executive and other company leaders presided over a corporate culture that fostered rampant sexual harassment and discrimination.
Declarations from roughly 250 women and men allege that female employees at the company throughout the late 1990s and 2000s were routinely groped, demeaned and urged to sexually cater to their bosses to stay employed. Sterling disputes the allegations. The arbitration was first filed in 2008 by more than a dozen women who accused the company of widespread gender discrimination. The class-action case, still unresolved, now includes 69,000 women who are current and former employees of Sterling, which operates about 1,500 stores across the country. If you have questions about sex harassment or anything considering your employment, contact Tampa’s Employment Lawyer, Darren D. McClain.
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