USA: Appeals court revives Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's gender bias case against Kay Jewelers

"Gender Bias Case Revived Against Nation's Biggest Jeweler", 11 Sep 2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reinstated an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sex discrimination case against the nation’s largest jewelry retailer, ruling for the first time that courts should not scrutinize the sufficiency of the agency’s pre-suit investigation. The case…alleged that Akron, Ohio-based Sterling Jewelers Inc., which operates several jewelry store chains including Kay Jewelers and Jared -The Galleria of Jewelry, had a nationwide practice of discriminating against its female sales employees in both pay and promotion. U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara…had granted summary judgment to Sterling in 2014 based on the report of a magistrate judge who concluded that the EEOC’s pre-suit investigation hadn’t been nationwide…[T]he Second Circuit found that the EEOC, in demonstrating it conducted a pre-suit investigation, did not need to “describe in detail every step it took or the evidence it uncovered.”

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Related companies: Kay Jewelers (part of Signet) Signet Jewelers Sterling (part of Signet)