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Signet Settles EEOC Discrimination Case

May 7, 2017 4:47 AM   By Rapaport News
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  Signet Jewelers has settled a legal case over gender discrimination without having to admit fault or pay damages.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Sterling Jewelers, a division of Signet, in 2008, alleging that the retailer had discriminated against female sales employees. Signet and the EEOC, a US government agency, settled the case last week after the court found no liability or wrongdoing by Signet, according to a court filing Thursday.

The settlement does not cover a separate ongoing arbitration alleging gender discrimination in pay and promotion at Sterling. In that class action, declarations by plaintiffs that came to light in February alleged sexual harassment at Sterling, which Signet refuted.

Following last week’s agreement, Signet is required to hire an independent expert on employment practices within 30 days. That consultant, psychologist Dr. Nancy Tippins, will review the company’s pay and promotion policies and report back in writing within 210 days.

“We are pleased to have resolved this matter with the EEOC,” said Lynn Dennison, Signet’s chief legal, risk and corporate affairs officer.

“Signet has a sound framework of policies and practices designed to ensure equal opportunity for women, and we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind,” Dennison added. “The additional steps agreed to as part of the consent decree with the EEOC are consistent with our commitment to continuous review and improvement.”
Tags: discrimination, EEOC, employment, gender discrimination, litigation, Lynn Dennison, Nancy Tippins, Rapaport News, Signet, Signet Jewelers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
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