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Class-action suit alleges gender bias at Sterling Jewelers

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

The EEOC has filed a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit against Sterling Jewelers in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York in Buffalo.

The lawsuit alleges that Sterling, a nationwide chain based in Fairlawn, Ohio, “with malice or reckless indifference” pays women in retail sales positions less than men and denies them promotions.

David Bouffard, Sterling’s vice president of media relations, told the trade magazine National Jeweler, “We take the allegations raised in this lawsuit very seriously. We are confident that these charges do not reflect the culture of this company.”

He pointed out that most of Sterling’s store managers and employees are female.

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