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WAL-MART RESPONDS TO LAWSUIT BY NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL

 BENTONVILLE, Ark., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the New York State Attorney General filing suit today against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT; PSE) for alleged violation of a new labor law, Don E. Shinkle, company spokesperson, said: "Wal-Mart does not condone any behavior that is disruptive or injurious to customer service from its associates on the job. Unfortunately, Mrs. Allen and Mr. Johnson exhibited this type of behavior while employed by Wal-Mart, despite repeated counselings from their supervisors.
 "Wal-Mart strives to abide by all laws of each state in which it conducts business. The fraternization policy is intended to foster a work environment and business relationships which are in the best interests of customers and associates. Both Mrs. Allen and Mr. Johnson engaged in disruptive behavior including taking excessive breaks together, open displays of affection, leaving their work areas to visit one another while on duty to the extent that other associates complained about their conduct and customers were not served. Anyone who has had the experience of trying to purchase a product or service and having to wait while sales people visit with each other can certainly appreciate our position."
 In addition, Wal-Mart was aware of an alleged threat to the safety of the store associates resulting from this situation. Store management also received a telephone call from an irate customer regarding the couple's conduct.
 New York's new law, which became effective Jan. 1, prohibits businesses from dismissing employees for certain "lawful" activities outside the workplace. Wal-Mart strongly believes it has not violated this law for numerous reasons including that a provision of the law states "an employer shall not be in violation of this section where the employer takes action based on the belief...that...the individual's actions...constitute habitually poor performance, incompetency or misconduct." The couple's misconduct was one of the factors that led to their dismissal.
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 /CONTACT: Don E. Shinkle of Wal-Mart, 501-273-4313/
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CO: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ST: Arkansas, New York IN: REA SU:

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