Judge Guts EEOC Sex Bias Suit Against Sterling Jewelers

By Michael Lipkin (March 10, 2014, 7:58 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Monday dismissed the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's claim of nationwide sex discrimination by Sterling Jewelers Inc., adopting a magistrate's recommendation that the EEOC's presuit investigation against the Kay Jewelers parent was not national in scope.

U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara ruled in favor of Magistrate Judge Jeremiah McCarthy's January report, which recommended granting Sterling's motion for partial summary judgment and tossing the EEOC's allegation of a pattern or practice of nationwide gender discrimination.

The EEOC's September 2008 case accuses Sterling of paying its female retail sales employees less than its male employees who perform equal...

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