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<i> Times Staff and Wire Reports</i>

Wal-Mart Settles Discrimination Suit: The nation’s largest retailer said it reached an out-of-court settlement with a former employee who charged the company with religious discrimination. The settlement includes an undisclosed payment to the Baptist employee, who said he was forced to quit after refusing to work Sundays. The settlement also calls for the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer to offer a religious-discrimination session for its nearly 2,200 store managers about its employees’ religious rights and ways to accommodate them. The settlement involves Scott Hamby, 24, who was a theology student when he quit his job at a Wal-Mart store in 1993. In his suit filed in federal court in Springfield, Mo., he said the retailer forced him to quit because his boss stacked successive Sunday shifts on him.


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