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Panel to Discuss "What's the Matter with Wal-Mart?" Apr. 27

A panel discussion at YLS will consider recent legal developments surrounding Wal-Mart, the corporation that employs nearly 1.5 million people worldwide. Titled "What's the Matter with Wal-Mart? Resisting Sex Discrimination, Unfair Labor Practices and International Human Rights Abuses by the World's Largest Corporation," the panel will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at 6:30 p.m., in Room 129. The talk is sponsored by the Yale Work and Welfare Group, the Workers' Rights Project, and the American Constitution Society, and is free and open to the public.

Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director of the International Labor Rights Fund, will speak about his interviews with employees at the plants of Wal-Mart's foreign suppliers and discuss a suit that was recently filed on their behalf. Brad Seligman, Executive Director of the Impact Fund and lead counsel in the nationwide class action sex discrimination suit Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, will address the legal issues surrounding the case. Ben Sachs, Assistant General Counsel for the Service Employees International Union, will talk about ongoing labor issues and the controversy surrounding efforts to unionize by Wal-Mart employees. Michael Wishnie, Visiting Professor at Yale Law School and Professor of Clinical Law at NYU Law School, will serve as moderator. Vicki Schultz, Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences, will act as commentator.