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  1. #1
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    Feb 2005

    Nike to pay $7.6 mln to settle suit


    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nike Inc. has agreed to pay $7.6 million to settle a class-action suit that alleged the sportswear maker discriminated against black employees at its Niketown store in Chicago, according to court documents.
    The lawsuit was filed in December 2003 and involves claims on behalf of about 400 current and former black employees of Nike Retail Services Inc.'s store, according to documents filed on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
    Nike has denied all allegations of wrongdoing and liability in the litigation, according to the filing.
    In March last year, the court certified a class that included all current and former black employees of Niketown Chicago from December 17, 1999 to the present, along with four subclasses, according to the filing.
    As part of the settlement, Nike has also agreed to take certain affirmative steps, including appointing a compliance officer at its headquarters and diversity training of supervisors at Niketown Chicago, according to the filing.
    Nike could not be reached immediately for comment.
    It don't understand this lawsuit...Does it explain how they were discriminated against and I'm missing it?

  2. #2
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    Aug 2003
    Here you go:

    In this lawsuit, the Plaintiffs say that Nike has discriminated and continues to discriminate against its African-American employees and managers at Niketown Chicago by:

    • Subjecting African-American employees and managers to a hostile working environment created by harassing activities, including the use of racial epithets; accusations and coercive interrogations regarding alleged thefts and misuse of employee discounts; greater scrutiny and monitoring of African-American employees and managers than given to their Caucasian co-workers, including extensive “check-out” searches upon leaving the store; and greater scrutiny and monitoring of African-American customers than Caucasian customers.

    They also say that Nike has unlawfully discriminated against its non-managerial African-American employees at Niketown Chicago by:

    • Segregating its African-American employees into its lowest level and worst-paid jobs in the stockroom and cashier positions.

    • Denying African-American employees equal opportunity for promotions to more attractive positions.

    • Applying workplace rules and giving out discipline–up to and including termination–in a racially biased manner.

    • Denying employment benefits to African-American employees by predominately hiring African-Americans into part-time rather than full-time positions and by denying appropriate benefits to those who, though officially part-time, worked enough hours to be entitled to full-time benefits.


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