The lawsuit against fist was previously thought to be closed in December 2019. It is reported that fist will collectively pay more than $10 million in compensation to more than 1000 female employees employed by the company in the past five years (since 2014). However, in early 2020, the California Department of fair employment and housing (dfeh) and the Department of labor standards enforcement (dlse) came forward to say that women are entitled to about $400 million in compensation for violations.
The plaintiffs are now seeking new legal counsel to seek a $400 million settlement, but they are now trying to push the case to private arbitration. This would take the suit out of court and allow neutral institutions to try to resolve the case. Probably because they don’t want to agree to the entire $400 million settlement.
In fact, this is the second attempt to resolve the case outside the court. In April 2019, the government tried to force the plaintiff to conduct private arbitration on the grounds of employment contract policy. However, after the riots and strikes of several employees, it came to a hasty end.
In recent years, fist has made great progress in improving its workplace culture and solving the problem of gender discrimination. During the workplace crisis, fist hired Angela roseboro as chief diversity officer, and she believes fist has made progress in inclusiveness and equality. Roseboro mentioned that her biggest success so far has been to improve the working environment, especially for women and other ethnic minorities.