The Wall Street Journal: Nike facing discrimination lawsuit from two former female employees

Two women filed a lawsuit against Nike Inc., alleging it discriminated against them in pay and career advancement, the latest development in a workplace-culture scandal at the company that started this spring.

The women say Nike NKE, -0.46%   paid them less than male counterparts at the company. The suit, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., contained other allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior, some of them from unnamed plaintiffs.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, claims Nike “has intentionally and willfully discriminated” against women “with respect to pay, promotions, and conditions of employment.” It seeks that the plaintiffs “are made whole” from lost compensation and benefits, among other damages.

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Nike representatives at its Beaverton, Ore., headquarters didn’t immediately respond to requests late Thursday and early Friday for comment. A Nike spokeswoman in London said she was unaware of the suit and couldn’t comment.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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