Four women filed a lawsuit against Nike claiming that the company is promoting a culture of unequal treatment and sexual harassment.
The class action lawsuit filed with the US District Court in Portland Thursday is one of the first shoe and apparel companies to report a series of complaints about wage disparities and bullying earlier this year.
Nike divorced at least 11 executives in March and April.
Laura Salerno Owens, a law firm with Markowitz Herbold in Portland, told the Oregonian that the executive flush was too little, too late. "Nike has a really good, old youth culture," she said.
"Women who came to the company paid less than men, then they were rated harder and got smaller raises and bonuses, and I think Nike wants to say," Only a few people were responsible for the problem and we have them "But we know that's certainly not the case."
The Oregonian published a lengthy section on corporate brand president Trevor Edwards, Nike's troubled culture, and why he was the first in last spring's executive section
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The plaintiffs accuse Nike of violating the Federal Equality Act; Oregon Equal Pay Act; and the Oregon Equality Act. However, they do not require specific monetary damages. Instead, they are demanding a court order requiring Nike to pay its employees fairly and without regard to gender.
Last month, Monique Matheson, the company's senior human resources manager, admitted that Nike had failed to promote enough women.
You wrote to staff saying the company wants to "create a culture of true inclusion, and as part of our plan, we need to improve the representation of women and colored people."
The memo received from the Wall Street Journal added, " We've talked about it many times and tried different ways of achieving change, we have not been able to gain traction – and our recruitment and promotion decisions do not change representation at the higher level as fast as we wanted. "
" The numbers Do not lie, "Salerno Owens told the newspaper. "Worldwide, 77 percent of Nike's executive team is currently male, 71 percent of its vice presidents are men, and 62 percent of its directors and executive directors are men."
Salerno Owens added, "I have represented more than 50 Nike employees, and their experience has been consistent with the plaintiffs. "The older the job title, the lower the proportion of women. "