Ex-Nike Employees Are Suing the Brand for Gender Discrimination

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The lawsuit comes less than four months after an exposé in The New York Times described a "toxic" boys' club culture, allegedly prompted by an anonymous internal survey conducted by a group of female employees that addressed sexual harassment, demeaning comments, unfair treatment and other misconduct, which they delivered to CEO Mark Parker.

The complaint, which seeks class-action status, is led by former employees of the company's Beaverton, Oregon, headquarters, one of whom now works for rival Adidas.

But in the complaint, attorney Laura Salerno Owens says Nike continues to have a "good-old-boy's culture" in which women enter the company with lower pay, and receive smaller raises and bonuses.

The four plaintiffs are seeking back pay for lost compensation and equity distribution, and punitive damages as well as a permanent injunction against Nike from "engaging in policies, patterns and/or practices that discriminate" because of gender.

At least 11 Nike executives, including former Nike brand president and presumptive future CEO Trevor Edwards, have left the company since allegations of workplace misconduct first surfaced in March.

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"We are committed to competitive pay and benefits for our employees", the company said in a statement.

Nike has not issued a statement on the matter. "While many of us feel like we're treated with respect at Nike, that wasn't the case in all teams". "The vast majority of Nike employees live by our values of dignity and respect for others". She resigned past year because of "the hostile work environment, HR's ineffective response to her complaints, and the lack of promotion opportunities because of her gender", according to the lawsuit. Three marketers, such as Simon Pestridge, global VP of marketing for performance categories, and Tommy Kain, director of sports marketing, also left Nike, as did Daniel Tawiah, who had been VP of global digital brand innovation.

Cahill also alleges that a former vice president at Nike referred to women by derogatory names and singled out a female employee for harsh criticism, yelling at her in public repeatedly. After she refused his advances, the man bullied her. The Wall Street Journal reported he was forced to leave Nike in April.

They allege that "women's complaints to human resources about discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault, are ignored or mishandled". She alleges she had more relevant work experience and better credentials than he did and helped train him in the job.

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