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Case Name Hall v. Best Buy Co. EE-MN-0082
Docket / Court 0:04-cv-4812 ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On November 17, 2004, employees of Best Buy Co. filed a complaint against their employer in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. The plaintiffs alleged that Best Buy had discriminated against employees on the basis of their age, and that such action constituted a ... read more >
On November 17, 2004, employees of Best Buy Co. filed a complaint against their employer in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. The plaintiffs alleged that Best Buy had discriminated against employees on the basis of their age, and that such action constituted a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA") of 1967, 29 US.C. § 621. Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that Best Buy had engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination whereby they used performance plans, job assignments, ratings, quotas, rankings or other measures to pressure its older employees and other similarly situated employees to quit and/or to justify their terminations.

The plaintiffs also contended that Best Buy had discriminated with respect to training opportunities and job assignments, such as by giving younger employees the opportunity to learn new technology and assigning those employees to positions where they could utilize that new technology, while channeling many of the older employees into positions involving older technology which was becoming obsolete. They asked the court for back pay plus benefits, as well as reinstatement at their old positions or a comparable financial award.

The plaintiffs never sought class certification in the case at hand, and they could not reach a settlement agreement when they tried in 2006. The court (Judge Michael J. Davis) ultimately dismissed the case with prejudice on June 12, 2007.

Julianne Nowicki - 07/25/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Training
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) Best Buy
Plaintiff Description Older employees of Best Buy Co. that had suffered from age discrimination at Best Buy
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
0:04−cv−04812 (D. Minn.) 06/12/2007
EE-MN-0082-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 11/17/2004
EE-MN-0082-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
1st Amended Complaint, Part 1 12/23/2004
EE-MN-0082-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
1st Amended Complaint (Part 2) 12/23/2004
EE-MN-0082-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO DISMISS COUNT THREE OF PLAINTIFFS’ AMENDED COMPLAINT 01/10/2005
EE-MN-0082-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint (Part 1) 03/24/2005
EE-MN-0082-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint (Part 2) 03/24/2005
EE-MN-0082-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER REGARDING DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO DISMISS COUNT THREE OF PLAINTIFFS’ AMENDED COMPLAINT 04/04/2005 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0082-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 06/15/2006 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0082-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 06/15/2006 (2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 40235) (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0082-0011.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Opinion 08/03/2006 (2006 WL 5163009) (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0082-0010.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Opinion 08/11/2006 (2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 56515) (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0082-0012.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Order to Dismiss 06/12/2007 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0082-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Boylan, Arthur J. (D. Minn.) [Magistrate]
EE-MN-0082-9000
Davis, Michael James (D. Minn., FISC)
EE-MN-0082-0007 | EE-MN-0082-0008 | EE-MN-0082-0009 | EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0011 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Boehmke, Julie L. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Brandt, Craig A. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Foster, Wood R. Jr. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0011 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Knocke, Laurie A. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Olson, Jennifer J. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Shulman, David L. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0011 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Snyder, Stephen J. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0001 | EE-MN-0082-0003 | EE-MN-0082-0006 | EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0011 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Streitz, Jay B. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Ukabam, Ugo A. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Crone, Kari Thoe (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0004 | EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Evans, Janet C (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0004 | EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0011 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Heller, Lisa L (Georgia)
EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Lentz, Charles O. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Mintzer, Joel A. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0004 | EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Pierce, Kelly K. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Poulos, Sara Anspach (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Slaughter, Stacy P. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0082-0010 | EE-MN-0082-0012 | EE-MN-0082-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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