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Office Depot CEO apologizes to woman alleging discrimination

Office Depot CEO apologizes to Illinois woman who accused it of religious discrimination

Office Depot CEO apologizes to woman alleging discrimination

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) -- The CEO of Office Depot has apologized to a suburban Chicago woman who accused the company of discriminating against her religious beliefs when employees told her that making copies of an anti-abortion prayer violated company policy.

Maria Goldstein of Rolling Meadows is Roman Catholic. Last month, she asked the Office Depot in Schaumburg to make 500 copies of "A Prayer for Planned Parenthood."

The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/1Kb5StR ) reports that CEO Roland Smith issued a statement Friday inviting Goldstein "to return to Office Depot if she wishes to print the flier."

A spokeswoman for the Boca Raton, Florida-based company said employees initially declined the order because the flier "contained certain words and phrases that could be construed as graphic or advocates the persecution of groups of people," which violates company policy.


Updated : 2021-09-18 01:34 GMT+08:00