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Furniture Surplus ordered to pay out in racial discrimination case

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Harrisburg, Pa. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has ordered Philadelphia-based Furniture Surplus to pay former employee Paul Holmes $7,588 for racial discrimination.

“Pennsylvania law requires businesses to treat their employees the same regardless of race,” chairperson Stephen A. Glassman said. “And if an employee files a complaint against them, they are legally obligated to respond or risk being found liable for unlawful discrimination.” The commission found Furniture Surplus liable for unlawful racial discrimination in terminating Holmes.

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Olsen twins launch exclusive line for JCPenney

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PLANO, Texas JCPenney has launched a new line from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The exclusive new line, Olsenboye, will be available for a limited time on jcp.com and in select JCPenney stores beginning Nov. 6, with a full launch set for spring 2010.

“Our juniors customers have grown up with Mary-Kate and Ashley and look to them not only as authentic designers, but also as style icons,” said Liz Sweney, EVP and general merchandise manager of women’s apparel at JCPenney. “The launch of Olsenboye brings aspiration and sophistication to our juniors department, while underscoring our commitment to continue to step up our style and offer our younger customers new, fashion-forward merchandise at affordable prices.”

 

The Olsebboye collection draws inspiration from different cities around the world and includes denim, bottoms, tops, dresses and shoes ranging in price from $20 to $50.

 

To help promote the new line, an Olsenboye “mobile shop” will drive around New York City offering consumers a chance to experience the brand and purchase merchandise before the launch.

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Credit trends point to pressured consumers

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The stock market is looking up, and there is talk of the recession being over, but one look at the trends in Target’s credit portfolio reveal that consumers are not out of the woods. The company’s receivables declined 6.8% in September compared with a year earlier, partly by design as the company sought to mitigate its exposure to charge-offs and delinquencies. Charge-offs totaled 14.37% in September, while delinquencies totaled 6.17%.

 

 

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