High Court Won’t Hear Best Buy Discrimination Case
The U.S. Supreme Court this week elected not to consider the appeal by a former Best Buy general manager who had sued the retail giant for sex discrimination, the AP reported. The Court chose not to hear the case of DeLong v. Best Buy Co., effectively bringing the case to a close in Best Buy’s favor.
Plaintiff Madeleine DeLong, who was general manager of a Best Buy location in Savannah, Ga., was let go in 2003, and sued the company shortly thereafter. DeLong claimed that the firing was in retaliation for an earlier discrimination claim; the company’s defense was that DeLong had unethically inflated sales figures, as well as committed other infractions. The U.S. District Court in Atlanta had dismissed the suit, a decision sustained by 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which found that the plaintiff had failed to produce sufficient evidence that her firing met the legal definition of “retaliation.”