Report: Best Buy settles employment discrimination case
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.
Kmart laying off 700 appliance workers
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.
Modell’s opens in DC USA complex
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.