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Olympic runner Alysia Montaño further rebukes Nike and its policies regarding pregnant women, one day after the company claimed to changing its standards to better support the athletes.
The sports giant admitted to past 'performance-based payment reductions' in a statement on Monday, which came in response to releasing a New York Times op-ed criticizing Nike's treatment towards her while pregnant. But Nike also said policies today would no longer financially penalize a women for being pregnant.
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When speaking to CBS Morning News, the 33-year-old track star said she was still not happy with Nike's response to how they treat women athletes on its payroll.
'I want to see not just Nike, the sports industry, implement practices in place that specifically protect female athletes, and that includes clauses for maternity and pregnancy that explicitly say you are protecting this class,' she said.
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This was in response to Nike's released statement, which read: 'In 2018 we standardized our approach across all sports so that no female athlete is penalized financially for pregnancy.'
But Montaño felt the statement was just a 'verbose' way for the company to 'evade the problem'.
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'What do you mean? Your standard approach is standard for men,' she said.
Conversation about Nike's policies when it came to its female athletes ignited from Montaño's scathing opinion piece about her inability to keep the money coming in when she was pregnant with her children. This was due, in part, because Nike halted her contract and ability to make advertising money.
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'The greatest disconnect that [Nike is] not backing up what they are preaching,' Montaño told CBS Morning News.
'They are making this very grand gesture when they are making these ads that move people,' she said, referencing the 'Just Do It' campaigns that feature inspirational imagery of athletes.
'But ultimately, behind closed...
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