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October 13, 2021
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  • Skechers USA Inc. is ending its endorsement deal with former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, who resigned on Monday after emails in which he used homophobic and misogynistic language were leaked. Jennifer Clay, Skechers’ vice president of corporate communications and marketing, said the brand has “a zero tolerance policy for such behavior within our business including those who we formally work with.” (USA Today)
  • American Airlines Group Inc., Southwest Airlines Co. and International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) all said they will abide by President Joe Biden’s employer vaccine mandate in Texas, defying an order from Gov. Greg Abbott that attempted to block Biden’s decision. The three companies are among the largest employers in Texas: American and Southwest are based in Fort Worth and Dallas, respectively, while IBM has more than 6,000 workers in Austin alone. (Bloomberg)
  • The trans employee resource group at Netflix Inc. is planning a walkout later this month, prompted by comments made by Co-Chief Executive Ted Sarandos about comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest special, which drew backlash from organizations such as GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition for including jokes about trans people. Netflix suspended and then reinstated a trans employee who criticized Netflix’s handling of the special on Twitter, though the company said the employee was suspended for trying to attend a director-level meeting and not for the criticism. (The Verge)

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