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January 20, 1989 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-01-20

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 1989

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Jeivish Scottsdale
pharmacist, alleging
anti-Semitism in the
workplace, is suing Osco Drug
Inc. and two Osco phar-
macists in the State Superior
Court in Maricopa County,
Ariz.
In the civil suit filed Dec.
30, pharmacist Larry
Lebovitz, 40, alleges that
anti-Semitic comments were
entered next to the names of
Jewish customers in the com-
puter system of the store
where he was employed.
Lebovitz was a pharmacist at
store No. 2244 in Scottsdale
from July 13 through Dec. 11,
1987.
Lebovitz, who now works
for another pharmacy, alleges
that "codes had been entered"
reflecting "adverse, profane
and derogatory comments
regarding the customers."
In addition, Lebovitz's suit
claims, pharmacist Carolyn
Smith "repeatedly used
numerous anti-Semitic ex-
pressions, ethnic and racial
slurs, and made derogatory
and demeaning remarks
regarding Jews" in Lebovitz's
presence. He also claims that
her supervisor, pharmacist
William Weatherby, "had ac-
tual knowledge that Smith
was engaging in anti-Semitic
activities" and that Weather-
by also "participated in anti-
Semitic activities."
Smith said she was un-
aware that a suit had been
filed and that she had no com-
ment, either on the suit or on
the accusation that she was
involved in anti-Semitic
activities.
Thomas J. Walter, chief
labor lawyer for OSCO,
reached in his Chicago office,
said he would reserve com-
ment until receiving a copy of
the suit.
Walter acknowledged famil-
iarity with the charges
because of correspondence he
had in September with the
Arizona office of the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith regarding Lebovitz's
assertions.
In his Sept. 2, 1988 letter to
Joel Breshin, head of the
Arizona ADL regional office,
Walter said Osco's policy
"specifically prohibits
religious discrimination." He
also wrote that the Osco phar-
macists accused of the anti-

Elaine DeRosa is a reporter
for the Greater Phoenix
Jewish News.

Semitic activity were advised
"that any act of discrimina-
tion is illegal, against corn-
pany policy and may result in
discipline, up to and including
discharge."
Earlier Arizona ADL cor-
respondence was with
Richard George, then presi-
dent of Osco Drug, Inc. He has
since left the company.
George acknowledged in a let-
ter to Breshin, dated July 5,
1988, that "anti-Semitic and
other inappropriate com-
ments were discovered in our
pharmacy computer." He said
the company subsequently
made "programming
changes" in all Osco stores'
computers to eliminate the
comments section from
customer records.

Shomron Says
Al Fatah Quiet

Jerusalem (JTA) — Yassir
Arafat's wing of the Palestine
Liberation Organization has
not engaged in any guerrilla
acts in more than two
months, according to an
Israeli army official.
The New York Times
reported this week that Army
Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan
Shomron told the defense
committee of parliament that
Arafat's wing, Al Fatah, has
halted violent operations
since November.
In early and mid-December
Arafat made his first state-
ments renouncing terrorism
and recognizing Israel's right
to exist.
According to The Times,
Shomron told the committee,
"We know of no specific
orders to Fatah members
from the command to desist."
Prime Minister Yitzhak
Shamir reportedly called
Shomron's comments "super-
fluous" and did not agree
with his assessment of the
situation.

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Soviets' Switch
No Aid To Fans

Tel Aviv (JTA) — After re-
neging last week on a pro-
mise to issue up to 400 visas
for Israeli fans who wanted to
accompany the Maccabi Tel
Aviv basketball to Moscow,
the Soviets once again chang-
ed their mind.
But it was too late.
By then, the last plane from
Israel able to connect with a
Vienna flight to Moscow had
departed. Subsequent flights
would arrive in Moscow too
late for the game.

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