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Walmart Discriminated Against Pregnant Employees: Lawsuit

Pregnant workers say they were made to do potentially harmful work

(Newser) - Two former Walmart workers say the retail giant discriminated against thousands of pregnant women, and they've filed a proposed class-action lawsuit . The suit from Talisa Borders and Otisha Woolbright says that until three years ago, Walmart's policy was to deny pregnant women the accommodations that workers with disabilities... More »

Cops: 7 Bounty Hunters Made Fatal Mistake Outside Walmart

All 7 charged with murder after allegedly shooting at wrong car, killing unarmed man

(Newser) - Seven bounty hunters who descended on the wrong car outside a Walmart have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the killing of an unarmed man and the wounding of another, Tennessee cops announced Wednesday. The charges come after a chaotic scene in Clarksville on April 23, where police said... More »

Cherokees Sue: CVS, Walmart 'Flooded' Them With Opioids

Cherokee Nation files complaint against 6 companies in tribal court over Okla. 'epidemic'

(Newser) - Native American communities experience some of the highest substance-abuse rates in the US: Babies are born addicted to prescription drugs due to exposure in utero, while Native American high school students take OxyContin at much higher rates than other teens, per NPR . Now the Cherokee Nation is fighting back in... More »

Prof Sues Walmart for License That Called Him 'Toilet Cleaner'

Employee filled out fishing license that labeled his profession as 'clean toilets'

(Newser) - A Montana State University professor is suing Walmart for libel after he says an employee at the Bozeman store listed his occupation on a fishing license as a "toilet cleaner." Gilbert Kalonde, assistant professor of technology education at MSU, filed the suit this past week in Gallatin County... More »

Walmart to Discount 1M Online Items—But There's a Catch

You have to pick them up at the store instead of getting them delivered to your home

(Newser) - Walmart is losing the e-commerce battle to Amazon—badly. In its latest bid to turn things around online, Walmart will offer discounts on more than a million items sold on the web—provided customers agree to pick them up at a Walmart store rather than have them delivered to their... More »

Walmart Sued for Allegedly Selling Craft Beer That Isn't

Chain is collaborating with Trouble Brewing, which doesn't exist

(Newser) - Sensing the way the beer winds were blowing, Walmart started selling its own line of craft beers early last year, the Washington Post reports. Now the retail giant is being accused of selling fake craft beers in order to trick customers into paying more in a lawsuit that calls Walmart'... More »

Walmart Sued After Firing Employee With Down Syndrome

And allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act

(Newser) - The US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission is suing Walmart for allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act after the company fired an employee with Down syndrome, the Mighty reports. Marlo Spaeth had worked at a Walmart in Milwaukee for 15 years. According to the EEOC , she was a good employee... More »

Run-DMC Sues Amazon and Walmart for $50M

Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels says retailers are infringing on their trademark

(Newser) - You know what they say about trademark law: It's tricky, tricky, tricky. Reuters reports Run-DMC founder Darryl "DMC" McDaniels filed a lawsuit Thursday in New York seeking at least $50 million from Amazon, Walmart, and a number of other retailers. The lawsuit accuses the retailers of infringing on... More »

6 Major Retailers Agree to Stop On-Call Scheduling

9 state AGs were investigating worker-unfriendly system

(Newser) - Disney and Aeropostale are among six retailers that have agreed to stop using on-call scheduling, a system worker advocates have said means too much unpredictability for employees. The change in scheduling was made following an inquiry by nine attorneys general. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday about 50,... More »

Pickup Truck Crashes Through Walmart, Kills 3

Iowa incident appears to be an accident

(Newser) - A pickup truck smashed into an Iowa Walmart store on Thursday, killing three people, scattering merchandise on the floor, and stopping at the fresh produce section in what authorities believe was a tragic accident, the AP reports. A photograph posted by the Des Moines Register showed the pickup resting under... More »

What Happened When Walmart Raised Wages

Retailer bets big on the concept of 'efficiency wages'

(Newser) - The New York Times has a deep dive on how Walmart bet big on its business by investing in its employees. In 2015 the retailer quietly implemented a new focus on employee welfare, increasing pay across the board and developing programs to make the management track more accessible to employees.... More »

Woman Who Gave Birth in Walmart Insisted on Paying First

Then she had the baby—right at Register 11

(Newser) - Paper, plastic, or diaper bag? A woman shopping Sunday morning at a Walmart in Payson, Utah, surprised workers and customers when she approached Register 11, dropped to her knees, clutched her stomach, and … pulled out her wallet. She was in labor, ABC News reports, but she insisted on paying... More »

2.8M Bottles of Craft Paint Recalled for Possible Bacteria

Sargent Art warns people with weak immune systems could be at risk

(Newser) - No injuries or illnesses have yet been reported, but Sargent Art isn't taking any chances after finding that 13 different types of its craft paint may be contaminated with a harmful bacteria, Consumerist reports. Per a notice on the art supplier's site and one from the Consumer Product... More »

Walmart: Sorry We Refused to Make Police Officer's Cake

Cop's daughter says bakery employee called design racist

(Newser) - Walmart has apologized after employees at a Georgia store refused to make a retirement cake for a police officer. The officer's daughter told radio host Todd Starnes that she wanted the cake to feature a black and white American flag with a blue stripe added in to symbolize the... More »

Mom, Daughter Buy Tampons and 'Smash the Patriarchy'

Text conversation during Walmart shopping trip goes viral

(Newser) - People are singing the praises of an Arkansas mother and daughter who turned a trip to Walmart to buy tampons into an opportunity to "destroy menstruation stigma"—as per Teen Vogue —and—as Mashable puts it—"rip into the patriarchy." Us Weekly reports Belinda Hankins... More »

Study: Walmart Runs Better Stores in White Areas

Chain understaffs those in minority neighborhoods, say researchers

(Newser) - Ouch. A study out of Columbia University suggests that Walmart deliberately runs much better stores in white neighborhoods than in minority neighborhoods. The study found that stores in lower-income neighborhoods have considerably lower customer service ratings than those in wealthier ones. More specifically, the higher the percentage of black or... More »

Crime-Riddled Walmart Is Draining Police Departments

'It's ridiculous ... I may have half my squad there for hours'

(Newser) - If it seems like Walmart shows up a lot in police blotters and crime stories, there's good reason for that: As a story at Bloomberg explains, police departments across the nation are struggling to cope with the many, many crimes at local stores. And it's not just shoplifting:... More »

Eating Deep-Fried Twinkies Just Got Dangerously Easy

Available in the Walmart freezer section

(Newser) - Americans will no longer have to track down their nearest state fair or risk third-degree oil burns to get their deep-fried Twinkie fix. The AP reports Hostess, in collaboration with Walmart, is launching its own frozen line of Deep Fried Twinkies. The treats come in vanilla and chocolate and need... More »

Meth Lab Found Beneath Walmart Parking Lot

Cops believe it was an active operation

(Newser) - Police officers stumbled upon a meth lab in an unlikely spot Monday: a sewer beneath a Walmart parking lot in a Buffalo suburb. Authorities say officers discovered the lab, which is believed to have still been active, on a routine patrol in Amherst, per the Buffalo News . Officials in hazmat... More »

Jet.com's Sale to Walmart Makes Random Guy a Millionaire

Eric Martin's $18K investment to pay off big-time

(Newser) - Sum up this story with whichever word you like: Luck. Foresight. Jealousy. In early 2015, Eric Martin spent $18,000 in a bid to win a contest being offered by the new startup Jet.com: Sign up the highest number of people for a preview version of the site, get... More »

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