Hun­dreds of former em­ploy­ees of Ster­ling Jewel­ers,

The Washington Post Sunday - - TAKING STOCK -

the multi­bil­lion-dol­lar con­glom­er­ate be­hind Jared the Gal­le­ria of Jew­elry and Kay Jewel­ers, claim that its chief ex­ec­u­tive and other com­pany lead­ers presided over a cor­po­rate cul­ture that fos­tered ram­pant sex­ual ha­rass­ment and dis­crim­i­na­tion, ac­cord­ing to ar­bi­tra­tion doc­u­ments ob­tained by The Wash­ing­ton Post. Dec­la­ra­tions from roughly 250 women and men who worked at Ster­ling, filed as part of a pri­vate class-ac­tion ar­bi­tra­tion case, al­lege that fe­male em­ploy­ees at the com­pany through­out the late 1990s and 2000s were groped, de­meaned and urged to sex­u­ally cater to their bosses to keep their jobs. Ster­ling dis­putes the al­le­ga­tions. Boe­ing Co. is shrink­ing its Seat­tlearea work­force by 1,800 jobs this year as the com­pany stream­lines op­er­a­tions in a bru­tally com­pet­i­tive com­mer­cial-air­craft mar­ket.

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