Circuit City Sued By Three Ex-Workers
The move last month by CE retail giant Circuit City to lay off most of its higher-paid sales staff has yielded its first major lawsuit. Three of the approximately 3,500 employees let go last month have filed suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleging age discrimination, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The three former employees in the chain’s Oxnard store, Daniel Weidler, Michael Yezback and Eloise Garcia, allege in the suit that the company’s strategy of letting go of higher-paid employees and replacing them with lower-paid ones discriminates unfairly against experienced workers who tend to be older. They are filing under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, and have retained prominent attorney Gloria Allred.
Allred is also the plaintiff’s attorney in another California case against a major CE retailer. Best Buy and its “Geek Squad” tech support team are being sued by two women who allege that a Geek Squad technician videotaped one of them showering without her consent, according to the AP. The suit, filed in Pomona, Calif., says that the employee, Hao Kuo Chi, used a cell phone camera to videotape one of the women in the shower during a service call at their home. In addition to the civil suit, Chi has been arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts.