Winn-Dixie Promotes Neighborhood Marketing Exec
Jacksonville, Fla. Winn-Dixie Stores announced the promotion of Jim Carrado to VP, neighborhood marketing. In this new role, he will be responsible for executing strategies centered on Hispanic, urban and affluent customer-clusters.
Carrado will also work closely with all areas of the business, including merchandising, marketing and operations, to build and oversee a multi-functional team that maintains a strong focus on the company’s neighborhood marketing initiative.
In his previous position of senior director of neighborhood merchandising for Winn-Dixie, Carrado orchestrated the fixture-plan development and product-merchandising plans for all remodeled stores.
Wal-Mart Settles Lawsuit Filed by Disabled Job Applicant
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.”
Charlotte Russe Chairman To Retire
San Diego Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. on Thursday said chairman Bernard Zeichner will retire, effective June 1. Director Jennifer Salopek, a principal with ARC Business Advisors LLC in New York, will replace him. She has been on the company’s board since February 2006.
Zeichner was named president and chief executive of Charlotte Russe in 1996 and became chairman in 1999, when the company went public.