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DUBLIN, Calif. -- There's a new sense of urgency regarding supermarket personnel practices.A series of multimillion-dollar settlements by retailers operating in northern California -- stemming from charges of sex discrimination against female employees -- serves as a warning to the industry: Any company that overlooks women as potential management candidates risks heavy fines and a dash of negative

DUBLIN, Calif. -- There's a new sense of urgency regarding supermarket personnel practices.

A series of multimillion-dollar settlements by retailers operating in northern California -- stemming from charges of sex discrimination against female employees -- serves as a warning to the industry: Any company that overlooks women as potential management candidates risks heavy fines and a dash of negative publicity.

The industry's biggest wake-up call was last month's agreement

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