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Wal-Mart CEO Talks Workers, Customers, Critics

By Anne D'Innocenzio | Feb 26
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has more than 11,000 stores in 27 countries, has struggled with two years of mostly sluggish sales due in large part to a challenging global economy and major changes in how people shop.

Justices Appear to Favor Muslim Denied Job Over Headscarf

By Mark Sherman | Feb 26
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito indicated Wednesday that he and most of the court would side with a Muslim woman who showed up for a job interview with Abercrombie & Fitch wearing a black headscarf. She didn't get hired.

Trial Begins in High-Profile Silicon Valley Sex Bias Case

By Sudhin Thanawala | Feb 25
A lawyer for a former junior partner suing a venture capital firm in a Silicon Valley sex bias suit contended Tuesday that his client was passed over for promotions because she was a woman and then fired after she complained.

There's No Business Like Good Business: The Corporate Equality Index

By Matthew Wexler | Feb 24
In a world filled with endless consumer choices, the Human Right Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index offers a valuable snapshot of the corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

How to Handle an Employee's Offensive Social Media Post

By Joyce M. Rosenberg | Feb 21
Whether it's comments about news events or a bad joke, an employee's offensive posts on social media can damage a company's image and profits. If the comments are racist, homophobic or sexist tolerating discriminatory comments puts an employer at risk.

Kansas Governor Rescinds Order Protecting Gay State Workers

Feb 11
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has rescinded a former governor's order barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in hiring and employment throughout much of state government.

Gay Man Awarded $76,000 in Oregon Firing Lawsuit

Feb 11
A gay man who sued when he was fired from his job at an Oregon adult bookstore has been awarded more than $76,000 in damages.

Virginia Senate Votes to Ban Job Discrimination Against Gays

Feb 4
Thanks to a tie-breaking vote by Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Republican-controlled Virginia Senate has passed a bill prohibiting discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Illinois Agency Says Evidence of Anti-Gay Prejudice at Exxon

Feb 4
The Illinois Department of Human Rights says there's evidence of discrimination at an Exxon Mobil Corp. facility in the state following a gay rights group's hiring complaint.

Hearing Set for Same-Sex Wedding Cake Dispute

Feb 3
A hearing is scheduled in March to determine how much in damages two Oregon bakers owe a lesbian couple for refusing to bake them a wedding cake in 2013.

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