As part of a long-running gender discrimination lawsuit against Nike, a series of more than 5,000-page documents has surfaced that includes testimonials from female employees. From them, new details of the numerous harassments and sexist attitudes of the male bosses were learned. The documents date from 2018, but have not been published before. The Guardian writes about it.
In numerous surveys and interviews, Nike employees discuss the culture of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. For example, male colleagues told one girl to “dress sexier,” a second witnessed “drunken men” hugging female co-workers and treating them to “work lunches,” and a third witnessed how a male executive performed oral sex on a woman. subordinate coworker in company gym.
The documents also quote a male manager: “Nobody cares about women’s empowerment.”
Recently, a lawsuit against Nike was dismissed to be recognized as a class action. Now the court is considering the charges of fourteen plaintiffs instead of several thousand. Among them are Kelly Cahill and Sarah Johnston, who sued Nike in 2018.
After the scandal broke, CEO Mark Parker apologized and said he would oversee the leadership shakeup. Later, the company announced that 7,000 workers had been promoted, and now women occupy 43% of management positions.
Earlier, the British Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) charged American actor Kevin Spacey with seven new charges of sexual offences. They were added to the five charges filed against him in June.