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Fired Wal-Mart worker wins $31 million in lawsuit.

Fired Wal-Mart worker wins $31 million in lawsuit

CONCORD, N.H. -- A jury has awarded more than $31 million in damages to a former Wal-Mart pharmacist in New Hampshire who claimed she was wrongly fired after reporting safety concerns about co-workers dispensing prescriptions. Maureen McPadden was a 13-year employee who reported her concerns to management while working in Wal-Mart's Seabrook pharmacy. She was fired in 2012 after losing her pharmacy key. The jury awarded most of the money Thursday based on gender discrimination claims. A spokesman for the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said Friday that the facts do not support the verdict and that it plans to ask the trial judge to review it.

Nissan to recall 930,000 Altimas to fix hood latch

DETROIT -- Nissan is recalling nearly 930,000 Altima midsize cars worldwide -- some for a third time -- to fix a latch problem that could let the hood fly open while the cars are moving. The new recall covers cars from the 2013 to 2015 model years including 846,000 in the U.S. that were made at factories in Smyrna, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi. Nissan says paint can flake off the latch, exposing bare metal. Over time, the latches can rust and cause the secondary hood latch to remain open. If the main latch isn't closed and the car is driven, the secondary latch may not hold the hood down, Nissan said in documents posted Friday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger said the company has no reports of any crashes or injuries.

Obama to propose new rule to examine gender pay divide

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama proposed a new rule Friday that would require every large company in America to report employees' pay based on race and gender, an effort to reduce longstanding pay inequities for women and minorities. The new policy, already drawing criticism from some business leaders, would order companies with at least 100 employees to add salary numbers on a form they already annually submit that reports employees' sex, age and job groups. The pay information would alert the EEOC to companies with significant wage disparities, which could result in hefty fines. "Oftentimes, folks are doing the same job and being paid differently," Obama said. "The goal is to help businesses who are trying to do the right thing get a clearer picture of how they can ensure their employees are being treated fairly."

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Date:Jan 30, 2016
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