Dillard’s Accused of Racial Profiling
Little Rock, Ark., Dillard’s, Inc. is once again in the news for an alleged race-based offense—just one of many over the last 20 years.
The federal lawsuit alleges that the department store chain wrongly accused black customers of shoplifting. The eight plaintiffs—from Arkansas, Tennessee and Florida—said that they were interrogated and accused by Dillard’s employees or security personnel of stealing merchandise. Some of the interrogations took place in a Dillard’s back room, others on the sales floor, according to the suit.
Earlier this year, Dillard’s was the target of a federal class-action suit that accused its hair salons of a racially motivated dual-pricing system.
While Dillard’s has not yet commented on this latest suit, in prior suits attorneys for the company deny that it “maintains any culture of race discrimination” and say Dillard’s “specifically prohibits” such activity.
Kroger Reaches Accord with Georgia Union
Cincinnati, The Kroger Co. reached a tentative agreements on two new 52-month contracts with the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1996 in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia. The tentative agreements cover approximately 16,000 Kroger associates at 175 stores, located primarily in Georgia. The UFCW will present the tentative agreements to its members for ratification. Kroger has been told by the UFCW that the union will recommend ratification of the contracts to its membership.
Target to Open Hot Location in Atlanta
Minneapolis, The much-talked-about mixed-use development in Atlanta–Atlantic Station–has another taker. Target Corp. will open a 150,000-sq.-ft., multi-level location in March 2007.
The Atlantic Station Target will have a ground-floor parking lot with an escalator and a vermaport (cart escalator), much like the IKEA store which opened last June in Atlantic Station (as covered by Chain Store Age, July 2005 issue, “Urban Cowboys” cover story).