The Washington Post reports that about 250 former employees have made declarations alleging that women at the company were “were routinely groped, demeaned and urged to sexually cater to their bosses,” throughout the late 1990s and 2000s.
Sterling Jewelers, [parent company to Kay Jewelers and Jared the Gallaria of Jewelry] disputes the allegations of [wide spread sexual harassment that reaches the highest levels of management] and the matter is currently unresolved and being settled in a private class-action arbitration case.
Many of the sworn statements were made years ago but were only made publicly available on Sunday after attorneys granted their release on the condition that the names of employees accused of sexual harassment be withheld.
While not everyone in the class-action suit is alleging sexual impropriety, thousands of others have signed on, bringing the tally to 69,000 employees.
- Some are saying that parties and trips where no spouses were allowed were "sex-fests" where attendence was mandatoruy
Many are also alleging pay discrimination and arguing that men were routinely favored for management positions over more qualified women, according to the Washington Post. Those who voiced concerns or filed complaints were also disciplined or fired, according to the documents.
If even half of this is true, somebody ought to be going to jail for a decade or more.