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Bad taste: Snack-maker accused of religious discrimination

At this time of year, one of the best ways to pass an afternoon is to hunker down in front of the TV to watch a Milwaukee Brewers or Packers game, with the remote in one hand and snacks within easy reach of the other. It's not uncommon for sports fan fingers across Wisconsin to be coated with the tasty dust of Cheetos, Doritos, Tostitos and Ruffles potato chips - all Frito Lay products.

Walmart settles gender discrimination lawsuit for $20 million

The biggest of all U.S. companies has more than a dozen of its Supercenter stores in Milwaukee and around the metro area. Each area Walmart effectively functions as a clothing store, hardware store, shoe store, sporting goods store and grocery store.

IBM accused of age discrimination by former employee

Once America's preeminent high-tech company, IBM saw its decades-long dominance eclipsed by companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, among others. A few years ago, Big Blue began an aggressive campaign to regain its position and profits by remaking itself as a leaner, younger firm ready to take on the competition.

Unhappy meal: McDonald's is served another racial discrimination lawsuit

After George Floyd's death while in police custody, McDonald's issued a silent tribute video that said Floyd "was one of us," as were other victims of racial violence. The world's largest fast food chain said it saw those victims in its customers, in its employees and in its franchisees, too.

UAW leader accused of sexual harassment resigns

The United Auto Workers (UAW) has for decades represented workers in labor negotiations in the auto industry, but the union also represents workers in agriculture, aerospace and publishing, among other industries. Here in Milwaukee, a UAW local represents brewery workers.

Explainer: Emotional distress damages in employment discrimination cases

Both federal and Wisconsin law prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, disabilities, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation and national origin. A recent Forbes column by employment law attorney Eric Bachman stated that in these cases, "the most obvious form of damages is lost pay if the employee is forced to leave the company."

Former head of diversity accuses WeWork of racial discrimination

A few years ago, WeWork was one of the hottest names in commercial real estate, leasing co-working office space in dozens of major U.S. cities to start-ups, tech companies and others. Its bright arc of ascension came to a sudden stop about a year ago, however, when the company's business practices came under intense public and investor scrutiny after announcing its IPO.

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