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In brief: Data center developer gives entrepreneur talk

Developer David Sabey will present this year’s Gonzaga University Pigott Entrepreneurship lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.

The free presentation is titled “An Algorithm of Entrepreneurialism: How Jesuit-Inspired Core Values Shaped My Career.” A question-and-answer session will follow.

The lecture is open to the public, but space is limited. Reservations can be made through

Apart from running the successful Seattle-based Sabey Corp., Sabey has established facilities for a host of technology companies. His company operates data centers in the Puget Sound region and in Grant County.

He recently signed a contract to develop the largest high-rise data center in the world, a 32-floor Manhattan-based operation serving the New York Genome Center.

Sabey also co-founded the Seattle Science Foundation, established to foster the collaboration of medical scientists, practitioners and engineers to focus on bioscience.

Homeowners groups topic of state workshop

The corporations and charities division of the Washington Secretary of State’s office will present a homeowners association workshop in Spokane on Oct. 4.

The event is targeted at homeowners association members and boards. It will be held at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., from 8 a.m. to noon.

The featured presenter is Nathan G. Smith, an attorney with Witherspoon Kelley in Spokane, whose practice includes real estate and land-use law.

The event costs $10 and includes breakfast. Registration is available online at charities/TrainingSignupForm .aspx?s=31, or call Teresa Glidden at (360) 725-0373.

Abercrombie staffers may wear head scarves

SAN FRANCISCO – Trendy clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has agreed to make religious accommodations and allow workers to wear head scarves as part of a settlement of discrimination lawsuits filed in California, lawyers announced Monday.

The retailer will now allow hijabs, the traditional head scarves worn by many Muslim women when in public.

One judge determined the Ohio-based company fired a Muslim worker from a California store, while another judge said it refused to hire another woman in the state because of their refusal to remove their hijabs during work.

The rulings came after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits on behalf of both women.

In court papers filed Friday, Abercrombie agreed to pay the women a combined $71,000 and unspecified attorney fees. Additionally, it has established an appeals process for workers who believe they were denied religious accommodations.