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EEOC Finds Wet Seal Discriminated Against African-American Class Action Plaintiff

Monday, December 3, 2012

Corporate Officials Instructed Managers to Make Employment Decisions Based on Race

(New York, NY)  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a Determination that Wet Seal, Inc., a national women’s clothing retailer, racially discriminated against a former store manager, Nicole Cogdell.  Cogdell is lead plaintiff in a pending national race discrimination class action against Wet Seal.  Cogdell v. The Wet Seal, Inc., (C.D. Cal. SACV12-01138).  The suit alleges Wet Seal had a corporate policy of discriminating against its African-American store managers in pay, promotions and termination.  The Determination, issued on November 29, 2012 and made public today, after a three-year investigation, includes the following findings:

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