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• The Denver Business Journal reports that the US Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Kroger-owned Dillon Companies, alleging that its King Soopers chain discriminated against a courtesy clerk with a severe learning disability. The suit charges that the 11-year employee was harassed by supervisors and managers and then provoked into behavior that got him terminated.

“Unfortunately, individuals with learning disabilities continue to be the object of harassment by those who would like to replay the sophomoric pranks of schoolyard bullies,” EEOC Regional Attorney Mary Jo O’Neill said in a news release. “Lawsuits such as this one will remind employers that employees with disabilities must be treated with the same dignity and respect as other valuable members of the work force.”

• The Denver Post reports that there has been a change in leadership in Local 7 of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) there, with the long-serving president, Ernie Duran Jr., replaced by Kim Cordova, a former union representative.

Duran had been charged with nepotism, installing his son and daughter in high-paying positions in the union.

The move comes even as labor-management relations remain tenuous in the Denver market, where there are concerns that employees at the three major chains – Safeway, King Soopers and Albertsons – could wither strike or be locked out if the most recent contract offers are rejected.
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