Wal-Mart fights $7,000 fine to avoid risky precedent

Wal-Mart is fighting back against a relatively small fine imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the death of a worker who was trampled by a crowd of shoppers during a Thanksgiving sale. OHSA fined Wal-Mart $7,000 for violating regulations that weren't on the books when the event occurred, and the company is eager to avoid setting a precedent for retroactive punishments. "This citation suggests retailers would have to predict future incidents and OSHA's response to them," says one retail industry spokesman.

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