“Another Scandal Is About to Hit the Company Where America Buys Its Engagement Rings,” Business Insider
September 15, 2016
In 2008, a dozen women employed by Sterling Jewelers sued the company. They're alleging sexual discrimination at the highest levels.
The matter, once argued in contractually mandated private arbitration proceedings, has now evolved into a class-action lawsuit, with the trial beginning in October 2017.
Sterling is a division of Signet Jewelers, which owns Zales, Kay Jewelers, and Jared's Galleria. Class members can include women who were sales associates, department managers, assistant managers, or store managers at a Sterling retail store in the 13 years since October 16, 2003. It's a potential class of about 44,000, filings related to the case show; already, more than 10,000 have joined.