Civil rights complaint against CVS to go forward
New York City — The Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights will allow a civil rights complaint over an online job application used by CVS Caremark Corp. to go forward, saying there is probable cause to believe the pharmacy chain violated state anti-discrimination laws, the Associated Press said.
The finding, released by the American Civil Liberties Union, allows the ACLU to sue the company.
The complaint, filed in 2009 by the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU, says CVS’s application for customer service jobs at its pharmacies includes a series of about 100 statements that applicants are asked to respond to regarding their emotional well-being.
The ACLU said the application could be used to elicit information about people’s mental health, and discriminate against those who have depression, attention deficit disorder, social anxiety and other mental impairments or disorders. It believes the statements violate state law, as well as the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
Children’s Place finance head to resign
Secaucus, N.J. — The Children’s Place Retail Stores said Friday that their executive VP finance and administration Susan Riley is leaving the company. The retailer said it will eliminate the role and look for a CFO.
The children’s clothing company said VP finance John Taylor will serve as interim principal financial officer and Bernard McCracken, VP controller, will serve as interim principal accounting officer.
Target partners with Lady Gaga
Minneapolis — Popular recording artist and fashion icon Lady Gaga has partnered with Target Corp. to offer an exclusive deluxe edition of her new album, "Born This Way."
The album will be released on May 23. Target’s exclusive deluxe edition includes three additional studio songs and five remixes, and will be available at stores nationwide and on Target.com. Consumers can also pre-order the album and download the first single and title track free at Target.com beginning at 8 a.m. CST on Feb. 11 through midnight, Feb. 26.
“Target has a long history of working with a diverse group of musicians, entertainers and designers that appeal to a broad spectrum of our guests,” said Michael Francis, chief marketing officer for Target. “Lady Gaga is one of the most dynamic artists of our time, and we are excited to add her to Target’s outstanding list of music partnerships.”