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• Albertsons LLC has reached an $8.9 million settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a case involving more than 160 African-American and Hispanic workers who complained of having been subjected to racial discrimination, taunting and slurs by fellow employees who were white supremacists and anti-immigration. The events in question took place at a distribution center near Denver, and while Albertsons says that the problems predated its operation of the warehouse, it reached the agreement as a way of avoiding costly litigation.

• Kroger announced yesterday what it called “a first of its kind loyalty program that rewards frequent shoppers with free wireless service using the company's own wireless phone service, branded i-wireless. The Free minutes rewards program enables customers to earn free airtime on their i-wireless phone when they purchase groceries at the Kroger family of stores. i-wireless is exclusively available in more than 2,200 Kroger-owned stores nationwide.

• McDonald’s said yesterday that beginning in January 2010, it will offer free wireless internet service at the 11,000 of its US restaurants that up to now have been charging for Wi-Fi. The company framed the move as a challenge to Starbucks, which does not offer free internet access except to customers who spend a certain amount of money.
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