After reporting the incident, she says, she was Former Kay store manager Heather Ballou, seen in Gulf Breeze, Fla., said while she was at a company meeting in 2005, a district manager promised to help transfer her to a better store if she had sex with him.
A memo filed in 2013 as part of the case says that top executives including Light were among those accused of having sex with female employees and promoting women based upon how they responded to sexual demands.
But a memorandum by the employees' attorneys supporting their motion for class certification, filed in 2013, revealed that top executives including Mark Light, now chief executive of Sterling's parent company, Signet Jewelers, were among those accused of having sex with female employees and promoting women based upon how they responded to sexual demands.
Joseph Sellers, a partner at the Cohen Milstein law firm and lead counsel for the case, told The Post in an interview that the former employees' statements provide "breathtaking evidence of ways in which women were mistreated in the workplace." When Heather Ballou left her job at a small jewelry store and moved to a Kay retail outlet in Pensacola, Florida, in 2000, she believed she had made the right move to advance her young career.
"Looking back, I can't believe I did some of the things I had to do," Ballou, 41, told The Post, adding that in the moment she thought: "You suck it up and do what you have to do for your family.