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Pier 1 accused of bias against pregnant workers

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Jose, Calif. — Pier 1 Imports is facing criticism this week for its policies regarding leave for pregnant workers. Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition from anti-sexism group UltraViolet to demand Pier 1 stop what the petition says is discrimination against pregnant workers.

In addition, Pier 1 employee Kimberly Caselman has filed suit against Pier 1, alleging she was forced to leave her job at a San Jose, Calif., store, without pay, when she told her bosses she was pregnant. Reportedly, pregnant workers at Pier 1 are given eight weeks of light duty and then forced to take unpaid leave, whether they want it or not.

“Pier 1 markets itself to women — and yet it is blatantly discriminating against us," said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet. “Forcing pregnant workers to take months of unpaid leave is completely unreasonable, illegal in California, and also wildly out of touch with Pier 1’s consumers. It’s time for Pier 1 to stop penalizing moms.”

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Tuesday Morning names former Home Depot exec as general merchandise manager

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dallas – Tuesday Morning Corp. has named Melissa Phillips as executive VP and general merchandise manager, effective immediately. She brings 15 years of buying and retail experience to Tuesday Morning. Since 2009, she has served as general manager for The Home Decorators Collection (HDC) at The Home Depot.

In her position, Phillips will ensure that Tuesday Morning’s merchandising vision is executed through the refinement and execution of its merchandising strategy, further strengthen strategic vendor relationships, accelerate development of the buying teams and improve inventory management. She will report directly to CEO Michael Rouleau.

"Much of Tuesday Morning’s turnaround is based on having a constantly changing assortment of great quality home and home-related merchandise at an outstanding value,” said Rouleau. “Melissa’s outstanding vendor relationships, strong buying experience and proven leadership capabilities are ideally suited to executing our merchandising strategies, and we are delighted to welcome her to the senior leadership team."

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DSGE names COO as chairman, president and CEO

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dallas – DGSE Companies Inc. has named James D. “Dusty” Clem to the positions of chairman, president and CEO, effective immediately. Clem replaces James Vierling, who has resigned as CEO and as a director of DGSE to accept a position with Elemetal LLC, DGSE’s largest shareholder.

In addition, Brett Burford, who has served as DGSE’s CFO since August 2012, was named to DGSE’s board of directors, effective immediately, replacing Vierling on the DGSE board. Clem became COO in December 2012. Previously, he served as DGSE’s VP of sales and marketing from 2008 to 2012. Prior to 2008, Clem was with the Heritage Organization LLC, an estate planning firm, for seven years.

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