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In response to Gov. Janet Mills' new directives for retail stores across the state to limit the spread of COVID-19, supermarkets, pharmacies and other "essential businesses" in Maine are taking steps to protect their customers and their employees. That has meant physical changes at the check-out and, in some cases, limiting the number of shoppers in the store at any one time.

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Shaw’s grocery store executives are apologizing to an African American man after an incident this week in their Saco store. The man says he was singled out because of his race.

Rory Ferreira’s says his experience at Shaw’s this week has him feeling vulnerable in the state he calls home.

“I'm not new to this community,” Ferreira says. “I'm not someone who rabble-rouses in this community. I love where I live. I love my neighbors. I love Maine.”

Maine’s high court has given a number of former full-time Shaw’s employees a victory as they pursue an age discrimination lawsuit against the grocery store chain.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A locally based agency that provides food assistance to more than 1,200 families in need each year is going to be getting food donations from Shaw's Supermarkets after all.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention says they heard from Shaw's last week that its Merrymeeting Plaza store would no longer be supplying the agency with perishable products such as meat and dairy that were close to sell-by dates.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Bangor Daily News reports that Shaw’s Supermarkets is fighting an effort by the Teamsters Union to organize the chain’s pharmacists at 16 stores in Maine, arguing that its pharmacy managers are supervisors and therefore not eligible to be represented by a union.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Human Rights Commission says three women were discriminated against because of their age when Shaw's supermarkets laid off hundreds of workers three years ago.

The Portland Press Herald reports the commission ruled on Monday that the supermarket chain's actions in 2012 unfairly affected older workers.

The commission voted unanimously that the company discriminated against the three workers because a policy decision to lay off only full-time employees primarily affected older workers.

Officials are warning shoppers at Shaw's stores throughout Maine and New England,  to check credit card statements carefully, following a data breach earlier this summer at the grocery store chain.