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Costco Wholesale CEO's statement regarding class action certification

Jan '07
Costco Wholesale Corporation CEO, Jim Sinegal issued the following comments in response to the news that Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, US District Judge in San Francisco, had certified the Ellis vs. Costco case as a class action.

"We were disappointed by Judge Patel's decision to certify this case as a class action. Since we believe in standing up for our principles when we have done nothing wrong, we will continue to defend ourselves against these claims. As Judge Patel's Order makes clear, it would be improper of the Court to delve into the merits of the claim at the class certification stage. We remain optimistic that after a trial on the merits, we will prevail."

"Costco has a well-deserved reputation for fairness to our employees. For more than twenty years, we have been recognized as an enlightened employer that looks out for the best interests of its employees when it comes to pay, benefits, promotions, and fair and open treatment. We believe in the open door policy that encourages all of our employees to seek immediate redress for any grievance."

"These policies apply to all of our employees without regard to gender, race, ethnicity or any other factor. When it comes to promotions, the only relevant factor is merit demonstrated through years of service to the company. We firmly believe in promoting the most qualified woman or man in every instance. Those who merit a promotion through their diligence, hard work, flexibility, and perseverance, have always done well in our company. This is an essential two-way street for our employees and us."

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