Lord & Taylor
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• Lord & Taylor is a staple in the world of upscale department stores and personal shopping and is now owned by the private equity firm NRDC Equity Partners.
• Lord & Taylor was part of May Department Store Co., which was accused of violating labor laws in the US and abroad.
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-- Profile Updated 07/01/2010
About Lord & Taylor
Lord & Taylor LLC is owned by the private equity firm NRDC Equity Partners. The company operates nearly 50 stores in nine states and District of Columbia. In 2006, it reported sales of $1.3 billion and employed 9,000 individuals.
There are no known affiliates associated with Lord & Taylor.
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Lord & Taylor
New York, NY 10018 USA
May Department Stores agreed to settle a federal class-action lawsuit brought by garment workers in the Northern Mariana Islands. In a $20 million settlement, the retailer, along with 25 other US retailers, agreed to compensate workers who claimed they had been underpaid and overworked in sweatshop conditions and to fund an independent monitoring system to guard against labor abuses on the island of Saipan, part of the Northern Marianas. The settlment included no admission of wrongdoing. The lawsuit was filed in January 1999 on behalf of 30,000 current and former garment workers, mostly women recruited from the Philippines, Bangladesh and Thailand, that accuses the companies of violating U.S. labor laws, including minimum wage laws, in a conspiracy with foreign subcontractors. The settlement provides that in future contracts, retailers will require factories to comply with strict employment standards, including guaranteeing overtime pay, providing safe food and drinking water, and agreeing to honor employees' basic human rights.
-- Clean Clothes Campaign, 01/08/2004
Source URL: www.cleanclothes.org/legal/04-01-08.htm
Two former employees of May Department Stores Co. sued the corporation on the basis of claims that it failed to sufficiently pay employees for overtime work. Plaintiffs in the case worked at a Washington, D.C.-based Hecht’s store where they accuse May of knowingly placing assistant buyers and other classes of workers in the wrong employment category, so as to avoid paying the overtime salaries due to them.
-- St. Louis Business Journal, 05/31/2000
May scored 29 out of 100 on the 2005 Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. The Corporate Equality Index is a tool to measure how equitably companies are treating their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors.
-- Human Rights Campaign, 09/20/2005
Although many retailers started pulling out of Burma in recognition of the widespread human rights violations by the country's ruling military junta, May's Department Stores waited until the very late date of March 2003. In July 2003, the US Congress made it illegal to import garments from Burma into the United States.
-- Financial Times, 04/16/2003
Source URL: none available
Ethics and Governance
In Aug. 2001 a settlement was made by May Department Stores to a suit brought by an advocacy group for disabled people who claimed the company's stores were not outfitted for handicapped people and did not comply with the American with Disabilities Act disintegrated. The company agreed to renovate its stores to make them ADA compliant.
-- U.S. Department of Justice, 06/27/2006
Source URL: www.ada.gov/julsep01.htm
May Department Stores contributed $100,000 in soft money during the 2002 election cycle, all of which went to the Republican Party.
-- Center for Responsive Politics, 06/09/2003