A man has told how he had to walk out of a job at the Sports Direct store in Seattle because he “wasn’t allowed to talk about women”.
In an interview with The Independent, the 39-year-old said he was “disgusted” with the company after he complained about “the lack of women on staff”.
“I’ve been in this job for four years and I’ve had to put up with a bunch of people who weren’t allowed in and who were treating me like a joke,” he said.
“I was so angry I had to leave the store.”
The Independent reported that the store, which is based in a shopping centre, employs approximately 1,000 people and is owned by a Chinese company.
“There’s a huge disparity between men and women in this industry, and they’re treated very poorly,” he added.
“The management is all men, and it’s just that they can’t see that women don’t really fit in at all.”
“It’s not a problem that you have to put a problem on women,” he continued.
“If you don’t want a problem, don’t have a problem.
But if you do have a question, you should have a right to ask it.”
A spokesperson for Sports Direct said the store was not a “sexist workplace”, and “does not discriminate on the basis of gender or sexual orientation”.
“We are committed to creating a workplace where everyone feels safe and valued,” the spokesperson said.