Salary discrimination from Nike to Allyson Felix during her pregnancy
Allyson Felix, the only athlete with six Olympic gold medals in her record, received in 2018 a downward contract from Nike after her decision to become a mother. This data, revealed on
Allyson Felix, the only athlete with six Olympic gold medals in her record, received in 2018 a downward contract from Nike after her decision to become a mother. This data, revealed on Wednesday by the American champion in the pages of The New York Times , has multiplied criticism against the powerful sportswear firm, which last week had already received accusations from other athletes such as Alysia Montano and Kara Goucher .
"They have told stories that we know are true, but we are too afraid to say publicly: if we have children, we have the risk of being cut off (money) from our sponsors during our pregnancy and afterwards," Felix said in the pages of La Dama Gray "It's an example of a sports industry where the rules are made mostly by men," he added.
Felix, who in December brought a girl to the world, said she had decided to start a family despite the anxiety of the negotiations on the renewal of her contract with Nike, which had expired at the end of 2017.
The athlete explained that the brand had offered her a new agreement 70% lower. "If they think that's what I'm worth now, I accept it," he said. However, he added that after requesting assurances that he would not be penalized should he perform below his level "in the months surrounding the birth," Nike backed down.
"I expect specific results"
"I wanted to set a new standard: If I, one of Nike's most commercialized athletes, could not get those protections, who could? Nike rejected it, we've been stuck since then," he revealed. The firm responded last week to criticism saying that it would bet to equalize their treatment during their pregnancies, recognizing that "it can go further".
"I applaud Nike for recognizing that this change was necessary and now I expect specific results from Nike and the rest of the industry that has yet to commit to contractually protecting women," Felix said.
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