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Ruth’s Chris employees sue for discrimination

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Washington, D.C. — A Monday report by Reuters said that female employees, both current and former, of Ruth’s Chris Steak House have sued the company, alleging gender discrimination.

The group is seeking class-action status, based on a ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Washington, D.C., that a smaller lawsuit alleging gender discrimination against the company could be amended to seek class action status.

The class action lawsuit would be on behalf of all female employees at the company’s headquarters and restaurants from September 2006 to the present. The women allege that the restaurant operator conducted a pattern and practice of gender discrimination, including compensating men more than women, subjecting women to sexist comments, and disciplining women more harshly than men.

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Hancock Fabrics names permanent CEO

BY Staff Writer

Baldwyn, Miss. — Hancock Fabrics said Monday that its interim president and CEO Steven Morgan has been named the company’s permanent chief, and he will also continue to serve as a member of the company’s board of directors.

Morgan, formerly president of GameStop, was appointed as interim president and CEO of Hancock Fabrics in January 2011.

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Express and Alliance Data extend agreement

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Dallas — Alliance Data Systems Corp. said Tuesday that it has extended its agreement with Express to continue providing Express with private-label credit card services including account acquisition and activation, receivables funding, card authorization, card issuance, statement generation, remittance processing, customer service functions, and multichannel marketing services.

Under terms of the extension agreement, Alliance Data said it will work with Express to evolve its card program through new cardholder benefits, new card plastics, and testing a new points-based loyalty program. Additionally, the team will explore mobile marketing and payment solutions, focusing on enhancing the customer experience, engaging new and existing customers, and acquiring new accounts.

“Coupling our unique brand and loyal customer base with Alliance Data’s credit and marketing expertise, we have a great opportunity to take our credit card program to the next level," said Jim Wright, senior VP marketing, Express.

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