Wal-Mart asks Supreme Court to overturn ruling in gender lawsuit
Washington, D.C. Wal-Mart Stores has asked the Supreme Court to throw out a massive class action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination overpay for female workers. The suit is the largest class-action employment discrimination case in U.S. history.
In April, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a gender discrimination class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart can proceed and go to trial. The lawsuit, first filed by six woman federal court in June 2001, alleges the chain discriminated against women in promotions, pay, training and job assignments.
The case, known as Dukes v. Wal-Mart, includes the 1.5 million women who have worked at any of the company’s 4,000 retail stores nationwide since Dec. 26, 1998.
The company, based in Bentonville, Ark., filed its appeal with the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Wal-Mart could face billions of dollars in legal damages if the lawsuit is heard and it loses.
If Dukes reaches the Supreme Court, the case could set a precedent for employment discrimination class actions.
B&N names new leadership for digital products, e-commerce businesses
NEW YORK Barnes & Noble announced that Jamie Iannone has been named president of Barnes & Noble digital products and John Foley has joined the company as President of Barnes & Noble e-commerce.
In his new role, Iannone will be responsible for all NOOK e-reading devices, software, accessories and retail integration and experiences; e-books and digital content; and third-party partnerships. Foley will manage the BN.com online retail business including books, children’s books, toys and games, music, movies, home and gift items, electronics and marketplace, as well as merchandising, online and search marketing. The two executives will report to William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble.
“Jamie and John are terrific leaders who will take our already fast-growing online and digital businesses to the next level leveraging their strong personal track records for management excellence and successes in technology, e-commerce, merchandising and operations,” said Lynch. “With our executive leadership in place, talented employees and unique assets, we will continue to innovate and grow Barnes & Noble’s leadership in digital reading and online shopping experiences for our millions of customers.”
Iannone joined the company as EVP one year ago. Previously, he held leadership positions at Ebay, including overseeing global search, merchandising and buyer experience, and was formerly a media and IT consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Foley is joining Barnes & Noble after 13 years at IAC, where he was most recently the CEO of The Pronto Network, which includes Pronto.com and its recently launched verticals ProntoStyle.com, ProntoHome.com and ProntoTech.com. Foley also maintained oversight of Evite.com, Gifts.com, IAC Advertising, and Proust.com.
Best Buy names chief design officer
MINNEAPOLIS Best Buy has named Aura Oslapas SVP and chief design officer, effective Sept. 15. In her new role, Oslapas will lead Best Buy’s design and brand identity team worldwide.
“Aura is a highly creative design leader,” said Barry Judge, Best Buy EVP and chief marketing officer. “She is able to bring forth progressive, customer-centered programs that define product and service offerings while being grounded in research and solid creative. Best Buy believes that great design is a key component of delivering unique brand experiences that resonate with customers and drive market share. Her ability to combine design and innovation will help us reach customers in new ways.”
Oslapas most recently served as principal of A+O Design Methods, a boutique design agency in San Francisco. During her career, Oslapas has held leadership positions at organizations such as Esprit de Corp, IDEO and Stone Yamashita Partners. She has served a variety of consumer and technology clients, including Hewlett-Packard, Target, Liz Claiborne, Apple, Logitech, McDonald’s and Amtrak.