Best Buy, Employees Agree to Class Action Settlement of Employment Discrimination Suit

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    Best Buy, Employees Agree to Class Action Settlement of Employment
    Discrimination Suit

    SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
    Best Buy and civil rights lawyers today announced a proposed settlement
    of an employment discrimination class action brought on behalf of women
    and minority employees of Best Buy. The settlement remains subject to
    court approval.

    Through this settlement, Best Buy agrees to changes to its personnel
    policies and procedures that will enhance the equal employment
    opportunities of the thousands of women, African Americans, and Latinos
    employed by Best Buy nationwide.

    One of the counsel for Plaintiffs, Eve Cervantez, said that ?Best Buy?s
    commitment to these changes makes it a ?best in class? employer of women
    and minorities and a leader in the areas of diversity and inclusion.?
    Best Buy said that these changes are part of Best Buy?s continuous
    improvement of its employees’ experience and the systems which support
    that experience.

    The settlement has been submitted for approval to the Hon. Phyllis J.
    Hamilton, United States District Judge for the Northern District of
    California.

    Background on the litigation

    The lawsuit, filed in December 2005, alleged that Best Buy discriminates
    against women, African American, and Latino employees of Best Buy retail
    stores in the United States by denying them promotions and more
    lucrative sales positions. Best Buy has denied any wrongdoing throughout
    the litigation.

    In reaching this proposed settlement, the parties agreed that it was in
    the interest of Best Buy, the plaintiffs, and the employee classes to
    resolve the matter through a settlement that provides injunctive relief
    to all class members, rather than to proceed with litigation.

    The case is entitled Holloway v. Best Buy, Civil Action No.
    3:05-cv-05056-PJH (N.D. Cal.).

    Contacts

    For Best Buy
    Best Buy
    Susan
    Busch, 612-291-6114
    Public Relations
    susan.busch@bestbuy.com
    or
    For
    Plaintiffs

    Altshuler Berzon L.L.P.
    James M. Finberg
    Eve
    H. Cervantez
    Telephone: 415-421-7151
    Facsimile: 415-362-8064
    jfinberg@altber.com
    ecervantez@altber.com

    Source: Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP