Menard wins Wisconsin Supreme Court appeal
Eau Claire, Wis. The Wisconsin State Supreme Court has sided with home-improvement retailer John Menard, who sought to overturn an arbitration decision in a wrongful termination case against his former general counsel.
In a 4-3 decision released on July 21, the justices said that Menard will not have to hire back Dawn Sands, the company’s former VP and general counsel, because, “In this case, we conclude that by accepting reinstatement, Sands would be forced to violate her ethical obligations as an attorney.”
The court also nixed the idea of awarding Sands two years of “front pay” as a substitute for reinstatement. It sent the case back to circuit court to determine the appropriate amount of lost earnings for Sands.
According to court records, Sands was terminated from Menard’s in 2006 after asserting her rights to pay that was equal to what similarly situated male executives received. Her annual salary was $175,000.
Menards is the industry’s largest chain of privately owned home-improvement retail warehouses, with an estimated $8.3 billion in 2009 sales, according to the Home Channel News Top 500 Scoreboard.
Rue La La names former Kohl’s exec as COO
Boston Online retailer Rue La La said Monday it has named Jeffery Marshall as COO, effective July 6.
Marshall is the former senior VP and CIO for Kohl’s Department Stores.
In his new position with Rue La La, Marshall will be directly responsible for all technology, fulfillment and operations, and will report to Ben Fischman, Rue La La’s CEO.
At Kohl’s, Marshall executed a transformation of the retailer’s Information Services division, helping to drive collaboration and efficiency across its different business units. Marshall’s team implemented numerous technology systems within Kohl’s, including point-of-sale, merchandise planning and allocation markdown optimization, warehouse management and distribution, e-commerce transaction marketing, call center and fulfillment, credit account management, collection and human resources.
Christopher & Banks appoints interim CFO
Minneapolis Christopher & Banks Corp. has appointed Michael Lyftogt as interim CFO.
Lyftogt replaces Rodney Carter, who has left the company to pursue other interests. The retailer indicated it is commencing a search for a permanent CFO.
Lyftogt has been with Christopher & Banks since March 1998. Prior to this appointment, he served as VP finance.