Tag Archives: Wal-Mart

Billionaires Could Buy These Cities

The Redfin Research Center has compared the median home prices in major US cities to the estimated wealth of well-known billionaires. Just how rich is Bill Gates? According to Forbes, he’s the world’s richest person and is worth $77.5 billion. But that kind of wealth is hard to wrap your head around, so let’s put it another way: Gates could …

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Walmart World Cup Fail

Via the Telegraph: Supermarket Asda has defended a “wearable England flag” it has launched for the World Cup after claims it resembles a Ku Klux Klan outfit. The £3 St George’s Cross, with the word “England” on the red cross, features a hood which Asda said was to allow fans to wear it and stay dry despite the unpredictable British …

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Walmart Adds Insurance Benefits For Spouses & Partners Of LGBT Employees

From a memo sent yesterday to Walmart management, forwarded to me by a reader: This week our associates will receive a pre-enrollment postcard at their homes announcing the dates for annual enrollment and providing highlights of the 2014 benefit offerings. Among the information highlighted on the postcard: We will cover domestic partners in the medical, dental, vision, life, critical illness …

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Wal-Mart Socked With Huge Eco-Fine

Wal-Mart has agreed to pay an $82M fine for improper disposal of hazardous wastes such as fertilizer and bleach. The cases were filed by the DOJ in California and Missouri. As part of the California plea agreement, Wal-Mart is set to pay a $40 million criminal fine and to pay $20 million to fund community service projects including helping U.S. …

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Walmart Loses Again In NYC

Walmart’s years-long battle to open in New York City has failed again due to staunch opposition from activists and unions. On Friday the retail giant waved the white flag over their attempt to open in Brooklyn. Walmart today announced that we were unable to agree upon economic terms for a project in East New York. We remain committed to bringing …

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Does Wal-Mart Spawn Hate Groups?

In a fascinating study, researchers say that the number of Wal-Mart locations in any particular region tends to correlate with the number of SPLC-certified hate groups. The number of Wal-Mart stores was second only to the designation of a county as a Metropolitan Statistical Area in statistical significance for predicting the number of hate groups in a county, according to …

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Wal-Mart Adds Trans Protections

The Human Rights Campaign offers muffled applause. “What matters in the workplace is how you do your job, not your gender identity or sexual orientation,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “As the nation’s largest private employer, Wal-Mart shows that doing the right thing is also good for business. We urge them to continue to move forward by ensuring all of …

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Today In Mildly Interesting Trivia

In order to enjoy the same grocery sales share they have in the rest of the country, Wal-Mart would have to build 159 stores in New York City. They presently have none, a situation they are paying PR firms millions to remedy as unions and city officials continue to fight them off. According to a recent study, NYC residents spent …

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Wal-Mart Tries Buy Its Way Into NYC

After years of being rebuffed by city leaders despite expensive PR campaigns, Wal-Mart is trying a more tried-and-true method of gaining a foothold in the nation’s largest market. The city’s summer job program, which had been cut back this year, is seeing an influx of support from Wal-Mart, which donated $4 million — enough to save about 3,400 jobs for …

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MINNESOTA: Anti-Gay Preacher Told To Stop Raising Money At Walmart

Anti-gay Minnesota preacher Bradlee Dean, who last week came to national prominence for his prayer before the state legislature, has been told by Walmart that his ministry may no longer solicit donations in their parking lots. Also, Dean has lost one of the Christian radio networks that ran his show. Wal-Mart and Salem Communications have severed ties with two entities …

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ILLINOIS: Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Anti-Gay Walmart Employee

The Seventh Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s ruling against an Illinois woman who sued Wal-Mart for religious discrimination. According to the woman, she has a God-given right to scream anti-gay epithets at her coworkers. Gay City News reports: According to the unsigned ruling, Tanisha Matthews, who describes herself as an Apostolic Christian, worked as an overnight stocker …

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Walmart Changes “Gay” Review Policy

“I apologize that this situation has been created. It was a systemic oversight, in which ‘gay’ was on a list of filtered words. Certainly it makes absolute sense for you to include this word in your review. This is a no-brainer for us.” – Walmart spokesman Ravi Jariwala, responding to JMG reader and It Gets Better contributor Mark King, who …

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Walmart Blocks “Gay” From Book Reviews

JMG reader Mark S. King reports that Walmart’s website refused his review of the It Gets Better book until he removed the word “gay.” King, who contributed to the book with his openly gay brother, writes us: “My submission was nixed because I used the word ‘gay,’ which the site explained was ‘profanity.’ I felt properly chastised and removed the …

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