Ford to add 700 jobs in Rus­sia

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Ford Mo­tor Co. will add 700 jobs to a plant in Rus­sia.

Part­ner­ing with Ford Sollers, the com­pany’s Rus­sian joint ven­ture, the com­pany will be­gin re­cruit­ing for the po­si­tions in Oc­to­ber. It’s all to fill a sec­ond shift at the ve­hi­cle plant in Elabuga, Tatarstan, where the com­pany makes SUVs and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles for the Rus­sian mar­ket.

Sales there are up 10 per­cent through the first eight months of the year.

“The de­vel­op­ment of our SUV and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle range lies at the core of our strat­egy now at Ford Sollers,” said Pres­i­dent Adil Shiri­nov. “We’re in­creas­ing the pro­duc­tion of th­ese mod­els to strengthen fur­ther our po­si­tion in th­ese mar­ket seg­ments, and to con­tinue to grow our mar­ket share in 2018.”

FTC in­ves­ti­gat­ing Equifax data breach

New York — The Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion has be­come the lat­est au­thor­ity to an­nounce an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mas­sive se­cu­rity breach at credit agency Equifax.

The FTC said Thurs­day that it was open­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how Equifax got hacked and tens of mil­lion Amer­i­cans’ per­sonal in­for­ma­tion was ei­ther ac­cessed or stolen. Typ­i­cally the FTC does not dis­close who it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing, but the agency said the high amount of at­ten­tion in this case made it nec­es­sary.

Equifax dis­closed last week that hack­ers were able to ac­cess the per­sonal in­for­ma­tion of 143 mil­lion Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing crit­i­cal things like So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers, birth­dates, ad­dresses and full le­gal names.

“In light of the in­tense pub­lic in­ter­est and the po­ten­tial im­pact of this mat­ter, I can con­firm that FTC staff is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Equifax data breach,” Peter Ka­plan, act­ing di­rec­tor of pub­lic af­fairs at the FTC, said in a state­ment.

Google sued for al­leged gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion

Google Inc. was ac­cused in a class-ac­tion law­suit of sys­tem­at­i­cally pay­ing male em­ploy­ees more than their fe­male coun­ter­parts, adding the in­ter­net gi­ant to a grow­ing list of tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies sued for gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Three women who worked at Google in re­cent years sued Thurs­day in San Fran­cisco Su­pe­rior Court al­leg­ing the com­pany pays women less than men for equal or sim­i­lar work. They also say it puts women on ca­reer paths with lower pay ceil­ings.

“This law­suit is an ef­fort to pull down the bar­ri­ers and shat­ter the stereo­types,” said their lawyer, San Fran­cisco at­tor­ney James Fin­berg. “Un­con­scious bias plays a large role in per­pet­u­at­ing gen­der dis­par­i­ties and com­pen­sa­tion.”

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