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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Sued by Former Employees

BY CSA STAFF

New York City, Four former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees slammed their previous employer with a discrimination lawsuit alleging they were denied certain rights because of their ethnicity.

The defendants, who are all from El Salvador, claim they were denied more favorable compensation, terms, conditions and privileges of employment compared to other non-Hispanic workers. They were all employed in a Wal-Mart store in Airmont, N.Y.

The complaint also states that the men were regularly assigned harder tasks and that the reasons cited for termination were a pretext for discrimination.

“We are committed to providing an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment. Wal-Mart does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind,” said a spokesperson for the chain in response to the lawsuit.

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Chico’s FAS Acquires Fitigues

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Fort Myers, Fla., Chico’s FAS announced Monday that it has acquired 12 of 14 retail locations of the Arizona-based clothing retailer Fitigues for an undisclosed price. The stores will operate as a new branded division of Chico’s.

“By bringing Fitigues under the Chico’s umbrella, we can provide the necessary capital, back office operations assistance, and leverage needed to successfully expand this brand across America over the next several years,” said Scott A. Edmonds, Chico’s president and chief executive.

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Walgreens Sued by Pharmacists

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Deerfield, Ill., Alleging they were illegally fired, four Walgreens pharmacists have sued the company. The terminations came after the pharmacists refused to sign a pledge promising to dispense the morning-after birth control pill.

A new Illinois law requires that, for emergency birth control, federally approved contraceptives be filled “without delay” if a pharmacy has the medication in stock. The rule is being challenged in federal court.

An attorney for the plaintiffs said in a statement, “It couldn’t be any clearer. In punishing these pharmacists for asserting a right protected by the Conscience Act, Walgreens broke the law.”

However, Walgreens has countered by saying it is upholding the current statute. “We are required to follow the law,” said company spokesman Michael Polzin. “We don’t have a choice in the matter.”

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