If the defendant loses, it could have to pay significant punitive charges and back pay. Also, its target market - women - could stop buying jewelry at Jared and Kay. Here is the coverage in The Washington Post.
The 69,000 class members allege sexual harassment and gender-based pay discrimination. Among those they finger for inappropriate conduct is Mark Light. He is current chief executive officer of Sterling's parent company Signet.
The company requires arbitration for resolving employee disputes. The hearing will take place next year.
Arbitration hearings are held in private. Therefore, the media will not be there. In addition, the verdict is legally binding. The reasons it can be appealed are strictly limited.
This complaint, as does Susan Fowler's about alleged sexual harassment at Uber, is bringing to the national consciousness what females might be enduring to just hold onto their jobs.
This may not be new. It may have been the way of male-controlled working world ever since women were determined to earn wages and climb the success ladder.
We female Baby Boomers recall that it was usually the victims of groping or more who quietly took the initiative to be transferred to another unit. Or leave the organization. Everyone "knew" why. But no one said anything. You just didn't. The males might simply snicker about the "crybaby behavior."
Not conventionally "pretty," I was surprised when a vice president came onto me during a business trip. I ignored it then and back at the trade association. It stopped. It never occurred to me to bring a complaint to human resources.
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