Manhattan federal judge Vernon Broderick has ruled Avon must answer the discrimination charges levelled by two former employees, Caroline Ruiz and Olivera Krstanoska. Ruiz, the former head of global procurement for the company, has accused the cosmetics giant of maternity discrimination since her role with the company was eliminated one month after she was hired after she announced her high-risk pregnancy. Krstanoska also alleges Avon is a hostile working environment for pregnant women and new and nursing mothers. Broderick’s ruling means Avon cannot force either claim into arbitration. The complaint is seeking class action status.