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This excerpt taken from the WMT 8-K filed Jan 26, 2005.

Harassment and Inappropriate Conduct


Harassment of any type, whether directed at a co-worker, supplier, customer or anyone doing business with Wal-Mart, will not be tolerated. Harassment is broadly defined and includes conduct which negatively interferes with work performance, diminishes the dignity of any person or which creates an intimidating, hostile or otherwise offensive work environment.


Verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature is inappropriate in the work place and may be unlawful sexual harassment. Examples include:


    Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, foul language, off-color jokes, remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities;


    Displaying sexually suggestive pictures or objects, suggestive looks or leering, or suggestive communication in any form; or



    Inappropriate touching.


Additionally, Wal-Mart will not tolerate violent acts or threats of violence on Wal-Mart property or while engaged in Wal-Mart business.


Things to Remember!


•      Do not make insulting or offensive remarks. If one of your comments or jokes offends someone else, it may be seen as harassing.


•      If you are upset by a person’s choice of words, speak up and tell that person. Explain why the comments offend you, and ask the person to stop.


•      Avoid making jokes or comments or using nicknames if you question their appropriateness.


•      Do not make sexual advances to another Associate or person with whom you work.


•      Do not show favoritism on performance evaluations or in other actions based on personal relationships.


•      Immediately report any act of Harassment or Inappropriate Conduct.


•      For additional information refer to the Harassment/Inappropriate Conduct Policy, PD-19, and the Workplace Violence Policy, PD-48, or the corresponding national or local policies.



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