Best Buy settles age discrimination case

August 7, 2008 4:56:14 PM PDT
Best Buy in Gilroy has agreed to a $17,500 settlement in a federal lawsuit that alleged the company did not hire a 68-year-old man because of his age, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today.

The commission filed a suit after Reinhold Schouweiler applied online for a customer service position at the electronics retail store in 2004 but other applicants less qualified and substantially younger were hired, according to the commission.

Best Buy officials agreed to pay Reinhold for his lost earnings on Wednesday and assured that the store in Gilroy would develop and provide training on discrimination and retaliation.

Best Buy officials were unavailable for comment.