Working women everywhere should pay attention to the legal developments at Wal-Mart, now that a sex-discrimination lawsuit against the store may proceed as a class-action case. The class action suit may include over 1 million women. According to plaintiffs, female workers were steered away from management positions. Read about the experience of one plaintiff on The Daily Beast.
WELLPOINT DROPS RESCISSION TACTIC
Wellpoint said it will stop dropping healthcare coverage for customers after they get sick as of May 1. The decision came after Democrats from three House of Representatives committees wrote to the health insurer, urging them to stop the practice, known as rescission. It also comes on the heels of a Reuters special report that revealed the health insurer used algorithms to target women with breast cancer for an investigation, with the intent of canceling their policies. The Reuters story sparked a response from Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
All EYES ON YELLEN
President Obama nominated Janet Yellen to be vice chair of the Federal Reserve, replacing Don Kohn, who is stepping down. Yellen, currently president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, is seen as a leading contender for the role of Fed chairman, if President Obama is re-elected, the FT reports. That would make her the first female Fed chairman.
Reuters.com asked our readers to let us know what they would like to see in a passenger bill of rights. We compiled the best suggestions in this poll and would like your vote.
One the eve of the Masters, Nike aired a television commercial featuring Tiger Woods. The black-and-white spot shows Woods looking directly into the camera while the voice of his late father Earl Woods, in an older recording, speaks in the background, asking “I want to find out what your thinking was, I want to find out what your feelings are, and did you learn anything?” Tiger does not speak in the ad. Watch the full ad here.
To the roaring cheers of jilted airline passengers everywhere, new rules to protect travelers will take effect on April 29.
These new rules, being issued by the Department of Transportation, focus mainly on the length of time domestic airlines are allowed to keep passengers locked on a plane on the tarmac. Some may recall the incident last August when passengers were forced to remain on a plane in Rochester, Minn for six hours without a working toilet. After April 29, after three hours of being stuck on a plane, domestic airlines will be forced to let passengers deplane — unless there are safety or security issues.
With hours to go until the iPad hits stores, the big question on my mind is: Will women buy it?
The iPad initially elicited giggles and mockery from women (see the NYT’s story and Fast Company’s story). The catchy but brand damaging term “iTampon” trended on twitter soon after the Apple announcement.