Hundreds Sue Kay & Jared Jewelry for Sexual Harassment

Declarations by close to 250 women and men describe the nation's largest jewelry company, which operates under the name of Kay Jewelers, Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and Zales, as a hotbed or sexual harassment where senior men treated young saleswomen as their private harems, groping, demeaning and demanding sex in return for better jobs and job security, the Washington Post reported Monday. The original complaint went to arbitration in 2008, the Post said, but it was not until Sunday that 1,300 pages of sworn testimony were released publicly.

Sanya Douglas, a Kay employee in NY from 2003 to 2008, said in one sworn statement a supervisor referred to having sex with management "going to the big stage", adding "If you didn't do what he wanted with him, you wouldn't get your (preferred) store or raise".

Her 2012 statement continued: 'If you didn't do what he wanted with him, you wouldn't get your (preferred) store or raise'. The women, who accuse the company of condoning misbehavior, say top managers sent "scouting" parties to stores to find attractive employees and turned the annual managers' meeting into a "sex-fest".

Sterling Jewelers disputed the allegations, telling The Huffington Post in a statement that they believe "the story published by the Washington Post is patently misleading, as the referenced arbitration matter contains no legal claims of sexual harassment".

The case involves more than 69,000 women, alleging improprieties ranging from wage discrimination to blatant offers to exchange promotions for sexual favors (or, as Kay Jewelers management allegedly called it, "going to the big stage").

Sterling denied the accusations in a statement to the Post, saying the company has "thoroughly investigated the allegations and have concluded they are not substantiated by the facts and certainly do not reflect our culture". "You need this job".

They also said that they've "created strong career opportunities for many thousands of women working at our stores nationwide" and they're taking the allegations "very seriously".

  • Zachary Reyes