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Sterling Jewelers Sex Bias Class Arbitration Gets Resized

Jan. 17, 2018, 4:10 PM

An arbitrator improperly included more than 70,000 workers in a class proceeding accusing Sterling Jewelers of pay and promotion discrimination against women, a federal judge ruled.

The Jan. 15 ruling overturns in part a February 2015 decision by the arbitrator certifying the case for class arbitration, an emerging area of the law in the employment field and other arenas. The arbitrator included within the class the 16 women who brought the claim of unintentional sex bias against Sterling, other women who affirmatively opted in to the arbitration, as well as a much larger subset of women who may have been ...

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