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Nike Hits Roadblock in Lawsuit Over Gender Discrimination

Nike Inc.’s attempts to see courts dismiss a possible class action suit against the company over allegations of gender discrimination have hit a roadblock.
Federal Magistrate Judge Jolie Russo on Tuesday recommended that Nike’s motion to dismiss class and collective claims — effectively limiting the number of parties that can be added to the complaint as plaintiffs — be denied. Judge Russo’s decision will be reviewed by the district judge. The parties have 14 days to file objections with the court.
Two former employees, Kelly Cahill and Sara Johnston, filed a lawsuit against the sportswear giant in August alleging that it “intentionally and willfully” discriminated against women with regard to pay and promotions, and that its majority-male executives fostered a hostile work environment at its Portland, Ore., headquarters.
Since then, two more women and former Nike employees — Lindsay Elizabeth and Heather Hender — have been added to the suit as plaintiffs and the women have been seeking class-action status for the complaint.
The initial plaintiffs, Cahill and Johnston, resigned from their roles in July and November 2017, respectively. Cahill had worked as a communications director at the company for close to four years, while Johnston had been employed as an analyst for around a decade.

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Via:: https://footwearnews.com/2019/business/retail/nike-sued-gender-discrimination-lawsuit-class-action-1202753998/