Target: Victoria A. Lipnic, Acting Chair of the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission
Goal: Hold jewelry giant responsible for reported sexual harassment cases.
Sterling Jewelers, the parent company to well-known Kay and Jared Jewelers, has been accused of allowing mass sexual harassment toward female employees. Many of these women reported being groped, forced to have sex with their employers, and paid less than their male co-workers. The claims were filed between 2004-2012 and the case opened in 2013, but in four years it has yet to be resolved.
We cannot allow this case to remain unresolved any longer. Sexual harassment in the workplace has been illegal for decades, but it continues unabated. This is misogyny and rape culture at work, where despite the laws put in place to ensure women are treated with respect, their male bosses and superiors still find it acceptable to harass them and treat them as lesser people than men.
We must demand that this case be resolved as soon as possible, with Sterling Jewelers being held fully accountable for these cases of sexual harassment and the perpetrators being fired and made to face justice for their actions. Sign this petition to demand justice for every victim of this company’s reported misogyny.
Dear Chairperson Lipnic,
A case against Sterling Jewelers regarding eight years’ worth of reports of sexual harassment by female employees has been open for four years and has yet to be resolved. The alleged perpetrators of this harassment, including CEO Mark Light, have yet to be taken to court and held accountable for their alleged actions.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is already much too common, even in this day and age. It is the product of societal misogyny and rape culture, the belief that it is “okay” to harass and demean women because they are “beneath” men. The women who reported this harassment said they were groped, forced to have sex with their male employers, and paid much less than their male co-workers.
You must not allow this case to remain unresolved. You must hold Sterling Jewelers accountable for these claims and punish the perpetrators accordingly. Sexual harassment is illegal, and women deserve to be treated with the same amount of respect and dignity as their male co-workers.
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