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Amazon.com announces hiring for fulfillment centers

Amazon said it will add more than 500 positions locally. It currently has a staff equivalent to 3,300 full-time employees.

Local Business News

Passenger traffic at Richmond airport soars 3.7 percent in April

April was a record month, as passenger traffic beat a figure that had stood since 2007.

Consumer confidence edges up in May on improving job market

Consumer confidence rebounded slightly this month as the job market showed signs of improvement.

Heywood Broun

Tradition carries a nasty wallop.

Henrico changes fees for home renovations

The fee formula had led to big gaps in what people were paying.

Your Funds: New rules could protect you, while emptying your mailbox

If you’re like most investors, you don’t read most of what your mutual fund companies send you.

Retirement Unlimited settles bias case with HUD

The settlement includes a payment to Housing Opportunities Made Equal, a fair-housing organization based in Richmond.

Martin's closing Dumbarton Square store in July

The store is near several other locations and was smaller than other stores the company operates. 

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Ask Doug & Polly: Can I fire a customer?

In certain cases, yes, but be sure to consider all the implications. 

Labor Law: Learning what the EEOC considers important

One emerging trend is mediation, which offers a new settlement option for companies and employees.

Leading-Edge Law: New domain names could stink for businesses

A controversial company wants to charge businesses $2,500 a year to buy the ".sucks" domain name. Should businesses pay up or take their chances?

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He's the founder of a successful party business.

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Bryan McKernon

He's president and chief executive officer of C&F Mortgage Corp.

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POWER THOUGHT

Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.

-- Orson Wells, film director and actor

Appeals Court establishes new, more-lenient standard for hostile work environment claims

A former waitress’s hostile work environment and retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act against the employer should go to a jury, the Richmond-based federal appellate court has ruled earlier this month in the case of Boyer-Liberto v. Fontainebleau Corp., No. 13-1473 (4th Cir. May 7, 2015) (en banc). The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, in a vote of 12 to 3 overruled previous rulings and held that a single comment or incident can be severe enough to trigger a hostile work environment lawsuit under federal law. This ruling signals a material shift in the way courts analyze employment discrimination claims and will likely make it more difficult for employers to defend against these types of lawsuits.

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