Monday, January 26, 2004
Zwichenzug: Your spot for Wal-Mart bashing...
You won't, however, want to read this op-ed from the Daily Illini. To get a feel for what you're going to miss, savor this quote, "Wal-Mart may be a disgusting corporate giant that operates with little regard for its workers. But until another store can do it as cheaply, I'm going to keep shopping there."
Actually, there's quite a bit of Wal-Mart news on the radar today. Here in Illinois, Wal-Mart is suing the Macomb city council in an effort to obtain a liquor license. link Meanwhile, in Maine a judge has allowed Joanne DiDonna's discrimination suit to go forward. DiDonna suffers from muscular dystrophy and alleges, "that Wal-Mart failed to accommodate her disability or to retain her in a back office position after her existing job was eliminated in a consolidation." link
Wal-Mart saw mixed results in the courts last week.
On the one hand, A judge in Florida denied class action status to a lawsuit filed on behalf of low wage workers who claim they weren't paid for extra work. The judge in the case based his ruling on the fact that, "if it was proven Wal-Mart shortchanged the employees, determining the amount owed to each worker would overwhelm the court system." link
On the other hand, WasteNews.com reports that Wal-Mart has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle a Justice Department suit, "claiming that an unspecified number of the company's Sam's Club stores in 11 states sold ozone-depleting refrigerants to individuals who lacked proper certification." Actually, maybe this one's a win for Wal-Mart too...