Trio of former managers sue Wet Seal for discrimination
Santa Ana, Calif. — A report released Thursday by the New York Times said that three ex-managers of Wet Seal have filed a federal race discrimination lawsuit, claiming bias against African-American employees. The trio alleges the retailer has a high-level policy of firing and denying pay increases and promotions to blacks because they did not fit the retailer’s “brand image,” according to the Times report.
The suit was filed in Federal District Court in Santa Ana, Calif. It seeks class-action status on behalf of more than 250 current and former black managers at Wet Seal.
Callaway Golf to cut 12% of work force
Carlsbad, Calif. — Callaway Golf said Wednesday it will cut 150 to 170 jobs, or about 12% of its work force, as demand for golf equipment has weakened.
The eliminated jobs will span all regions and levels, said the retailer.
Callaway has downwardly revised its full-year forecast after announcing in April that it expected a significant improvement in fiscal 2012.
The job cuts are expected to generate about $52 million in annual savings.
Walgreens names ex-McDonald’s CEO as chairman
Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens said Thursday that it has named retired McDonald’s CEO James Skinner as its new non-executive chairman of the board.
Skinner has served on the Walgreens board since 2005. He will succeed Al McNally, who has been non-executive chairman since 2009.
Walgreens said the change "is consistent with its board of directors succession and rotational planning process."