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Wal-Mart Settles Lawsuit Filed by Disabled Job Applicant

BY CSA STAFF

St. Louis Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a job applicant who claimed he wasn’t hired because he is disabled with cerebral palsy, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said Thursday.

In a suit filed in 2004 by the EEOC, Steven J. Bradley Jr. claimed he was questioned during an interview in 2001 for a job at a new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Richmond, Mo., about his ability to work in his wheelchair. Ultimately, he was not hired.

The EEOC lawsuit claimed Wal-Mart violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2005, a federal judge in Kansas City granted summary judgment to Wal-Mart, saying that the EEOC didn’t present sufficient evidence on Bradley’s behalf. But last year, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that ruling and allowed the lawsuit to proceed.

In addition to the financial settlement, Wal-Mart agreed to provide ADA training to managers at its Richmond store; notify job applicants about the settlement; and inform several Kansas City-area job service agencies that the company seeks to employ qualified persons with disabilities.

“This is an isolated situation that we wish had never happened,” said Daphne Moore, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart. “It has been resolved to the satisfaction of everyone involved. Wal-Mart is one of the largest employers of persons with disabilities, and our commitment to recruit and retain a diverse work force remains as strong as ever.”

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Kroger offers free groceries for tax rebates

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CINCINNATI Kroger has reported that starting May 2, customers can exchange their tax refund or economic stimulus checks for gift cards that will be loaded with an extra $30.00, $60.00 or $120.00, depending on the amount originally added.

David Dillon, Kroger chairman and ceo, said. “Kroger’s program allows our customers to stretch their grocery dollars further. We are excited about the opportunity to touch the lives of millions of families across the country by helping them extend their household budgets through this special program.”

The program will be available throughout Kroger stores nationwide — including Kroger, Baker’s, City Market, Dillons, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Gerbes, Hilander, Jay C, King Soopers, Owen’s, Pay Less, Ralphs, Smith’s and QFC stores.

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eBay sees boost in 1Q revenue

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SAN JOSE, Calif. eBay posted first quarter revenue of $2.19 billion, up $424 million from the same period last year. Revenue growth was driven primarily by Marketplaces net transaction revenues, the ongoing expansion at PayPal, Skype and the company’s global classifieds business. The company recorded net income on a GAAP basis of $460 million or 34 cents per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $562 million or 42 cents per diluted share.

This was a very strong financial quarter for the company, said eBay president and ceo John Donahoe. The results reflect the strength provided by our diverse portfolio of businesses. Our stability and growth continues to give us the confidence to make innovative changes to our products to keep customers engaged for years to come.

For the full year 2008,eBay now expects net revenues in the range of $8.7 billion to $9 billion with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.35 to $1.40 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.70 to $1.75.

For the second quarter 2008, eBay now expects net revenues in the range of $2.1 billion to $2.15 billion with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of 30 cents to 32 cents and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of 39 cents to 41 cents.

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