Wal-Mart women vow to continue bias fight
Washington, D.C. — A Bloomberg report on Tuesday said that the women who sought to sue Wal-Mart Stores for gender bias on behalf of 1.5 million co-workers said they will continue the fight in smaller lawsuits in lower courts and claims with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said the women failed to prove that Wal-Mart had a nationwide policy that led to gender discrimination, precluding a class action and forcing the plaintiffs to pursue claims on their own.
Wal-Mart may now face thousands of lawsuits and discrimination claims as the plaintiffs launch new complaints.
Report: Carrefour CEO to take chairman reins
Paris — The Carrefour SA board of directors on Tuesday approved a plan for its CEO Lars Olofsson to also assume the role of chairman. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Olofsson will take over as current chairman Amaury de Seze announced Tuesday that he would step down.
"The time has come to reunite the two functions," De Seze said. He will remain on Carrefour’s board.
Olofsson is one year into a three-year turnaround plan on which his job depends. One step of the transformation was completed at the shareholder meeting, when investors approved the spinoff of the Dia discount unit. Dia will be listed on the Madrid stock exchange on July 5, and each Carrefour investor will receive a Dia share for each Carrefour share.
Olofsson is also renovating the hypermarket chain in Europe and rolling out thousands of Carrefour-branded groceries.
De Seze said the board and management "will take our responsibility" if they don’t meet their targets in the next two years.
Cheesecake Factory to use PeopleAnswers for pre-employment selection
Dallas — Web-based hiring assessment provider PeopleAnswers said Tuesday that The Cheesecake Factory will use the PeopleAnswers HR solution in its 164 restaurants to pre-screen and select hourly staff.
The objective is to fill each position with individuals who will help maintain The Cheesecake Factory’s quality brand.
“Each Cheesecake Factory team member represents our brand, so the quality of hire is critical to our recruiting process and company growth,” said Claire Prager, director of talent selection, The Cheesecake Factory. “PeopleAnswers proved its benefits during a recent restaurant opening with a short and very productive opening process. The technology enables us to use a methodical — but customizable — approach to hire the most qualified candidates while saving significant time for our managers.”