OPERATIONS

Report: Best Buy settles employment discrimination case

BY Staff Writer

San Francisco — Best Buy Co. has reportedly agreed to pay $10.2 million in a settlement related to a job discrimination class-action lawsuit, Reuters reported.

The lawsuit, filed in 2005 in U.S. District Court in Northern California, alleged that the retailer discriminated against women, African-American and Latino employees by denying them promotions and more lucrative sales positions. Best Buy has denied any wrongdoing.

According to Reuters, Best Buy will pay up to $10 million for legal fees and costs in the six-year-old case, which was brought by nine people. The company also reportedly will pay $200,000 directly for the settlement, and has agreed to change its personnel policies and procedures to enhance equal employment opportunities at its stores nationwide.

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Kmart laying off 700 appliance workers

BY CSA STAFF

New York City — Kmart stores is laying off 700 employees in its appliance departments.

The chain, a division of Sears Holdings Corp., is changing the way it sells appliances, allowing customers to check out appliances at any register rather than going to a dedicated register. Instead of having dedicated appliance-only associates, all Kmart staffers are being trained to answer questions about appliances.

There will also be a 1-800 number customers can call for help.

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Modell’s opens in DC USA complex

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New York City — Modell’s Sporting Goods has opened a 7,500-sq.-ft. store located in the DC USA retail complex Washington, D.C.

It is the retailer’s second location within the District of Columbia.

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