NEW CEO AT EDUN: Christian Kemp-Griffin has been named as chief executive officer of Edun, the socially conscious clothing company launched last year by Ali Hewson, her husband and U2 frontman Bono and designer Rogan Gregory. Kemp-Griffin replaced Richard Cervera, who left the brand in June to pursue other interests. Kemp-Griffin, who is based in Paris, began this month and reports to Hewson, who is based at the company’s headquarters in Dublin. Kemp-Griffin is responsible for all areas of business and production, which include building sustainable employment in developing nations. The design, production and marketing facets of the company are based in New York. Prior to joining Edun, Kemp-Griffin was based in Paris serving as the global vice president of Lacoste, where he was responsible for marketing and product design. He also has held senior posts in the European divisions of Disney Consumer Products and Polo Ralph Lauren.
WAL-MART EMPLOYMENT SUIT: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was hit with an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by four former employees. According to court documents filed last week in Manhattan federal court, the four defendants, who are all from El Salvador, alleged they were denied more favorable compensation, terms, conditions and privileges of employment enjoyed by similarly situated employees who were not Hispanic. All four were employed in a Wal-Mart store in Airmont, N.Y., primarily as loaders in the receiving area. The complaint alleged that the four men were regularly assigned more arduous tasks than non-Hispanic employees, and that the reasons Wal-Mart cited for terminating their employment was a pretext for discrimination. “We are committed to providing an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment. Wal-Mart does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind,” said a spokesman for the company, in response to the lawsuit.