Minneapolis – Best Buy has settled a
six-year-old lawsuit alleging discrimination against female, African American
and Latino employees.
The suit said the CE chain denied
female and minority store workers promotions and more lucrative sales
Best Buy has denied any wrongdoing
throughout the litigation, but has agreed to change its personnel policies and
procedures to enhance equal employment opportunities, the retailer said.
According to Reuters, Best Buy will
also pay $200,000 to the nine plaintiffs and as much as $10 million in legal
fees and costs.
In addition, Best Buy has agreed to
create a new position to oversee the diversity initiatives, and will post its
non-discrimination, anti-harassment and anti-retaliation policies on an
internal company website.
Best Buy quoted one of the
plaintiffs’ attorneys as saying its commitment to the changes “makes it a â€˜best
in class’ employer of women and minorities and a leader in the areas of
diversity and inclusion.” The company added that the changes are part of its “continuous
improvement of its employees’ experience and the systems which support that
The settlement has been
submitted to the U.S. district court in Northern California for approval.