Circuit City Friday settled an age discrimination lawsuit in California that had been brought by a group of workers who lost their jobs in the retailer's 2007 layoffs, the area's CBS News affiliate reported.
The plaintiffs, represented by prominent attorney Gloria Allred, will share a $15 million settlement. And with Circuit City in bankruptcy, the workers will become creditors, Allred told the CBS reporter. The suit had been filed under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act.
The suit was filed in the spring of 2007 after the company laid off 3,500 of its employees, including many of its more experienced sales associates. It was originated by a trio of employees at the chain's store in Oxnard, Calif.