High Court OKs Class Arbitration In Jeweler Title VII Suit

Law360, New York (March 20, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to take up an appeal of a gender discrimination suit against Sterling Jewelers Inc., paving the way for a group of female Sterling employees to arbitrate their Title VII claims as a class.

Sterling, which owns Kay Jewelers, Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and Marks & Morgan Jewelers, first was accused of discrimination in 2008 by female employees who claimed they were offered lower pay and fewer chances for promotion than their male counterparts.

Due to an internal company policy,...
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