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Case Name Holloway v. Best Buy Co. EE-CA-0307
Docket / Court 4:05-cv-05056 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On December 8, 2005, six employees filed a class action complaint against their employer, Best Buy Co., Inc. under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and California Government Code § 12940 et seq. in the United States District Court for the ... read more >
On December 8, 2005, six employees filed a class action complaint against their employer, Best Buy Co., Inc. under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and California Government Code § 12940 et seq. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged gender and racial discrimination, and they sought injunctive and declaratory relief, punitive damages, back pay, and front pay. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that Best Buy had discriminated against women and minority individuals -- Latinos and African Americans -- on the basis of gender, race, color, and/or national origin with respect to recruitment, hiring, job assignments, transfers, promotions, compensation, allocation of weekly hours, and other terms and conditions of employment. Further, the plaintiffs alleged that Best Buy operated through a corporate culture of racial and gender stereotypes and enforced a nationwide corporate policy of preferring white male employees.

On January 6, 2009, the plaintiffs filed their Third Amended Class Action Complaint against all of the defendants. Subsequently, there were many administrative tasks and declarations in support of class action certification.

On June 17, 2011, the parties submitted a proposed consent decree. The consent decree awarded $200,000 to the named parties and required the defendant to implement neutral hiring, training, and promotion procedures, perform manager assessments, institute a complaint and dispute resolution process, and undergo monitoring. On August 17, 2011, the plaintiffs moved for attorney fees and reimbursement of costs and expenses in the amount of $9,999,999. The court approved both on November 9, 2011. The court retained jurisdiction to enforce the consent decree for four years.

At the end of the four-year period, the monitor filed a certification of compliance on December 8, 2015, indicating the expiration of the term of the consent decree. The monitor was satisfied that Best Buy had complied with the consent decree. Best Buy had done so by, among other things, maintaining non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and internal complaint and anti-retaliation procedures, ensuring dissemination and awareness of such policies, adopting policies to promote diversity in management positions, and improving training of employees. The case is now closed.

Emily Kuznick - 04/07/2008
Katherine Reineck - 02/21/2016
Eva Richardson - 12/02/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Hire
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Promotion
Recordkeeping
Training
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Race
Black
Race, unspecified
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Best Buy Co.
Plaintiff Description Women, Latinos, and African Americans employed by Best Buy.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2011 - 2015
Filing Year 2005
Case Closing Year 2016
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
3:05-cv-05056-PJH (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0307-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/27/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Answer to Complaint
EE-CA-0307-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/10/2008
Third Amended Complaint [ECF# 144] (2009 WL 3662370)
EE-CA-0307-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/06/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Staying Ruling on Class Certification Motion) (2010 WL 816630 / 2010 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 26841) (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0307-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 03/09/2010
Source: LexisNexis
Consent Decree [ECF# 355-1]
EE-CA-0307-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/17/2011
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Proposed Order Granting Attorney Fees [ECF# 366]
EE-CA-0307-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/07/2011
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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