Hundreds of former employees of Sterling Jewelers,
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.