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Florida Today reports that Winn-Dixie is countersuing 26 current and former employees who have launched an employment discrimination action against the retailer, saying that it practiced age, gender and racial bias.

Winn-Dixie is looking to block the suit from ever coming to trial, and claims that "the plaintiffs' lawsuit should be thrown out because the company is protected from such litigation under its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization case," according to the story.

Florida Today also notes that "last year, the Florida Commission on Human Relations found 'reasonable cause' to believe a former Winn-Dixie employee, Tammie Leonard of Titusville, one of the plaintiffs in the discrimination suit, was a victim of age and race discrimination."

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