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Muslim-American Files Bias Suit Against Wal-Mart

BY CSA STAFF

Dearborn, Mich. An Arab- and Muslim-American man filed a $12 million lawsuit Thursday against Wal-Mart Stores, saying employees discriminated against him and fired him because of his background.

Louay Kezy is accusing Wal-Mart and three employees at its Dearborn, Mich., store of violating his civil rights through threats, harassment and dismissal after complaining about the employees’ conduct.

The lawsuit uses aliases for the three employees because their full names are unknown, but it said they will be fully identified during the discovery process.

The store opened in March with the area’s large Arab and Muslim population in mind. It offers hundreds of items geared toward them, such as food and music. It also opened with 35 Arabic-speaking employees—noted in Arabic script on their badges—and hired a local Arab-American educator to teach the staff cultural sensitivity.

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GameStop offers Nintendo DS reservations

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GRAPEVINE, TEXAS GameStop has launched a reservation program for the Nintendo DS, a popular gift item this holiday season. GameStop’s program allows customers to make in-person reservations at any GameStop location in the United States, to guarantee they will get a Nintendo DS.

The reservation process requires payment in full at $129.99 plus tax, with projected delivery between Dec. 28 and Jan. 15, 2009. Customers will receive a co-branded GameStop and Nintendo DS gift card tin to ensure that special someone has a great gift to open this holiday season.

When the reserved Nintendo DS system arrives, the gift-giver will receive a telephone call indicating that their system is available for pick-up. Nintendo DS systems must be picked up at the store location where the reservation was placed.

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ODP earns Arkansas Business honor

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BOCA RATON, Fla. Office Depot announced that it has been named the “Best Place To Purchase Office Supplies” by Arkansas Business magazine. Winners of the “Best of Business Awards” were voted on by the readers of Arkansas Business.

“Office Depot has been taking care of business for customers in Arkansas for more than 17 years, and we are thrilled to receive this award as voted on by the Arkansas businesses themselves,” said Steve Schmidt, president of Office Depot’s North American Business Solutions Division. “From pens and pencils to office furniture and technology, Office Depot provides business customers with the highest quality office products and the smart solutions they need to succeed.”

In addition to naming Office Depot the “Best Place To Purchase Office Supplies,” readers of Arkansas Business also ranked Office Depot in the top three of the “Best Place To Purchase Office Equipment” and “Best Place To Purchase Office Furniture” categories.

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