PHILLIPS CREDITS PERFORMANCE

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- The case of Laura Phillips provides a contrast to recent stories of gender discrimination at Wal-Mart Stores that have been widely reported.She was promoted two months ago to vice president-divisional merchandise manager of dry grocery here. Phillips is just shy of 30 years old and is a young mother. She has experienced no barriers to advancement at Wal-Mart, she said. The company

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- The case of Laura Phillips provides a contrast to recent stories of gender discrimination at Wal-Mart Stores that have been widely reported.

She was promoted two months ago to vice president-divisional merchandise manager of dry grocery here. Phillips is just shy of 30 years old and is a young mother. She has experienced no barriers to advancement at Wal-Mart, she said. The company is facing a potential class-action lawsuit possibly involving 1.6 million women on

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