Nike, based in Beaverton,Oregon, said the company “opposes discrimination of any type andhas a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion.” (Photo:Shutterstock)

Nike Inc. was sued for sexual discrimination by former femaleemployees who say women were “devalued and demeaned” by thecompany, where they are passed over for promotions, paid less than their malecounterparts and ignored when they complain.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Portland,Oregon, seeks class-action status and accuses the maker of athleticfootwear and apparel of violating the Federal Equal Pay Act and similar state laws.The plaintiffs, former employees Sara Johnston and Kelly Cahill,say the company's employment policies are hostile to women.

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