Serena Williams backs Nike after maternity pay controversy

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S. reacts after missing a shot against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Serena Williams backed her sponsor Nike on Monday after controversy over the sporting goods giant’s maternity policy, saying that “it’s about learning from mistakes”.The 23-time Grand Slam champion has been the face of a Nike advertising campaign telling women to “dream crazier”.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 33-year-old Felix had spoken out after US team-mates Alysia Montano and Kara Goucher leveled similar allegations against Nike as part of an investigation by the Times.“They told stories we athletes know are true, but have been too scared to tell publicly: If we have children, we risk pay cuts from our sponsors during pregnancy and afterward,” wrote Felix, who gave birth to a baby girl in December.The New York Times reported that Williams’ contract had been kept intact when she was pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia, while other women saw their pay cut in similar situations.But the 37-year-old Williams said that it was understandable it took Nike time to embrace change.“I feel like as time goes on, as technology changes and as, you know, the world changes, people realize that we have to change our policies,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img MOST READ View comments The company has reportedly said it will change its policy of cutting female athletes’ pay during and after pregnancy, after being widely criticized, including by American track and field star Allyson Felix.“I’m glad that statement was made, and I know that herefore and going forward, they’re doing better,” Williams said after her French Open first-round win over Russian Vitalia Diatchenko in Paris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That’s what it’s about. It’s about learning from mistakes and doing better.”According to the New York Times, Nike plans to waive performance-pay reductions for 12 months for athletes who decide to have a baby. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Mighty Sports assembles best possible team for Jones Cup, taps Rajko Toroman as deputy “And I think that Nike wanted to do that, and they started doing that. And so I think they made a really bold statement by doing that with me, and I think they’re going to — I know, actually, that they’re going to continue to make that statement.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img

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