Kay Jewelers and Jared Battling Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Allegations

The parent company of Kay Jewelers and Jared is battling allegations of fostering a culture of sexual harassment and discrimination.

Sterling Jewelers has been in arbitration with hundreds of former employees for nearly a decade.

Documents in the case were made public on Sunday.

Some 69,000 current and former employees are involved.

One filing alleges instances of women being solicited for sex - sometimes in exchange for employment benefits.

It also describes cases of sexual assault and rape.             

The company is also accused of routinely paying women less than men.

A spokesman told the Washington Post, Sterling investigated the allegations, concluding that they were unsubstantiated.

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