Best Buy Sued by Ex-Employee
The former manager of a Best Buy in the Philadelphia area has sued the retail giant, alleging that they sabotaged his efforts to find another job after he was fired from Best Buy in August.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Oliveri, who managed locations in Wilmington, Del. and Plymouth Meeting, Pa., filed the suit in federal court after he realized that a Best Buy human resources executive had bad-mouthed him when other potential employers, including Circuit City and Target, contacted them for job references. Oliveri, who sued for $100,000 in U.S. District Court, claims the company violated a New Jersey law which forbids “interference with a prospective employment relationship.”
Oliveri claims that after he had trouble getting a job, he suspected malfeasance, so he sent a fake e-mail from a fake address claiming to be a prospective employer, asking Best Buy’s HR department about himself. The district human resources manager replied that Oliveri was demoted because he “sucked” at his job, and that his wife had left him, affecting his job performance.