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Best Buy settles age bias suit claiming it favors younger workers

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

Best Buy recently agreed to settle an age discrimination lawsuit with the EEOC that accused the company of failing to hire a 68-year-old applicant because of his age. Under the terms of the agreement, which was approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Best Buy will pay $17,500 to Reinhold Schouweiler on whose behalf the EEOC filed suit in 2007.

Schouweiler had applied for a job at a Gilroy Best Buy in 2004, but, according to the EEOC, he “was not offered a job despite his previous experience  in customer service, and instead the company hired many applicants less qualified and substantially younger.”

Under the terms of the consent decree, Best Buy did not admit to any wrongdoing. However, it agreed to comply with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and to refrain from retaliating against any employees who spoke up about age bias in connection with Schouweiler’s case or who were identified as possible witnesses in the case.

Best Buy also agreed to train its Gilroy staff about discrimination and retaliation.

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