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Court upholds $2M award to Wal-Mart pharmacist

BY CSA STAFF

Boston The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld a $2 million jury award to a former pharmacist at Wal-Mart Stores who claimed she was fired by the retail chain after asking to be paid the same as her male colleagues.

Cynthia Haddad was fired in 2004 after more than 10 years at a Walmart store in Pittsfield, Mass. In 2007, a jury found that the company discriminated against Haddad, and awarded her $1 million in compensatory damages and another $1 million in punitive damages. A judge later revoked the $1 million award for punitive damages.

On Monday, the Supreme Judicial Court reinstated the punitive damages and upheld the total $2 million award.

Wal-Mart Stores claimed Haddad was fired because she allowed a technician to use her computer security code to issue prescriptions during her absence.

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Dollar General partners with Lysol/Air Wick for literacy campaign

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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Dollar General has partnered with Lysol and Air Wick to raise money for its literacy charity.

For every Lysol and Air Wick product purchased at Dollar General from Oct. 2 through Nov. 13, 5 cents will be donated by Reckitt Benckiser to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, up to $150,000. In addition, customers can mail Dollar General receipts for Lysol or Air Wick purchases to Dollar General Literacy and a $1 donation will be made by Reckitt Benckiser to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, up to $10,000.

 

“We encourage shoppers to participate in Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others through the Improving Lives program,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s Chairman and CEO. “Improving Lives is an easy way to make a difference through everyday purchases of Lysol and Air Wick products. We’re excited about positively changing lives through this program.”

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Walgreens SVP pharmacy innovation, purchasing to leave company

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DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens announced that George Riedl, SVP pharmacy innovation and purchasing, will leave the company at the end of the year.

Since March, Riedl has overseen the rollout of a new pharmacy system in Florida and Arizona that centralizes administrative tasks and provides store pharmacists more time for patient counseling and other clinical services. With rollout of the system complete in Florida and nearing full implementation in Arizona, Riedl will finalize his transition from the company over the coming months.

“With the confidence I have in the direction of the company’s pharmacy operations and in Walgreens future as a whole, this is the right time for me to move on to other opportunities,” said Riedl. “I look forward to the challenges that lay ahead.”

Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson said, “During his 27 years with Walgreens, George has played a key role in several areas, including marketing, merchandising, purchasing and pharmacy services. We appreciate all he has done for the company during that time and for his willingness to stay on during this transition period. George’s outstanding leadership skills in developing and motivating staff will benefit our company for years to come. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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