If it appears that your pay and promotion decisions discriminate against any class of employees in the slightest, there’s a good chance you’ll wind up in court — just like this employer.
According to a class-action lawsuit, Best Buy Co. allegedly denied desirable job assignments, promotions and transfers to nine of its African-American, Latino and female employees.
Before the suit was decided, the company agreed to settle with the employees involved.
Best Buy agreed to pay the nine class members a total of $200,000. But that’s not all. The company could wind up paying more than $10 million in legal fees and costs.
To stay safe, carefully document all of the reasons behind your pay and promotion decisions. That way you’ll likely avoid any suspicion of favoring one class of employees over another.