Judge restricts Facebook access in discrimination case
A federal judge has ruled that Home Depot was overly broad in seeking to obtain all Facebook, Twitter and other social networking posts made by a former employee now suing the retailer for unlawful discrimination.
According to a report by cnet.com, Danielle Mailhoit, a Home Depot store manager in Burbank, Calif., was fired after a 2010 investigation of her on-the-job performance. She filed a federal lawsuit in 2011, claiming her bad review and her termination were due to unlawful discrimination based on gender and vertigo, a physical disability her employer was already aware of.
Home Depot’s lawyers requested any photos, profiles, postings or messages from social networking sites from October 2005 — when Mailhoit claims she was first discriminated against — up until the present. A U.S. Magistrate ruled against them.
The judge did, however, grant Home Depot’s request for any posting by the plaintiff relating to her job or the lawsuit, including social networking communications between Mailhoit and any current or former Home Depot employees.
Home Depot has denied the claims. Mailhoit was terminated for “legitimate, non-discriminatory and non-retaliatory reasons," according to the company.
The Fed flexes its muscle; will it fix housing?
Remember the slogan “Fix housing first? The Federal Reserve might have finally caught on and is hoping to boost home sales and home refinances by buying billions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities.
We asked readers if this was a good idea. Here’s what we heard.
“It’s wonderful that the Fed thinks it can fix housing and then the economy. It can’t. All it has done is ensure a new housing bubble that will once again pin the losses on the taxpayer."
— Jim Taft
“I think it is a poor idea. Why should my tax money help the people who bought houses that they could not afford? Being in the building industry myself I have had to change my lifestyle. I have seen many material-supply houses close their doors and have not seen the government help them out.
"If government wants to boost the economy, why not give the money to taxpayers who are paying their bills and taxes? These people would in return buy products and services, which would put people back to work. We can give companies all kinds on money to bail them out, but if the general public does not have money to buy goods and services then there is no reason for companies to make products. It is simple economics when people have money, they will support the economy.”
Rebuffed by RONA, Lowe’s withdraws offer
Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s pulled the plug on its proposal to acquire the Canadian retailer and distributor RONA.
The proposal, dated July 8, would have had Lowe’s acquire Boucherville, Quebec-based RONA for C$14.50 per share.
While announcing its withdrawal of the offer, Lowe’s continued to promote the idea of a combined Lowe’s and RONA as one that makes business sense and would create significant value for all stakeholders.”
However, the combination of the two retailing entities was unpopular among RONA’s board, Canadian unions and, RONA dealers across Canada.
In a statement released Monday, Lowe’s said: “It is unfortunate that the RONA board of directors did not recognize the important economic and commercial benefits of this proposal for its stakeholders and for Canada. Lowe’s remains committed to the Canadian market and will continue delivering outstanding home improvement products and services to its Canadian customers.”