Many West Virginia residents may turn to Best Buy for all of their electronic needs. Individuals who have questions often turn to the company's Geek Squad to help them resolve issues and troubleshoot their items. A former member of the Geek Squad, who worked outside the state, claims that she was bullied and harassed by her co-workers and supervisor both in person and through online messaging. Her sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the retailer and former boss was filed in the state's Supreme Court.
The plaintiff claims her supervisor encouraged everyone to use a messaging app called Group Me to connect. The woman alleges that some of her co-workers used the app to post inflammatory statements and images that were racist and sexually inappropriate. The 35-year-old maintains that anyone who did not participate in using the app was retaliated against and not given certain duties or schedules.
In addition to the cyberbullying, the plaintiff claims that her supervisor only made the situation worse. He purportedly also made racial and sexual remarks that were inappropriate, sometimes in front of her co-workers. The plaintiff asserts that he began to sexually harass her, pressuring her to acknowledge his advances.
The woman maintains that she was no longer able to tolerate the sexual harassment and discrimination and decided to quit after less than a year with the company. Best Buy did not respond to the allegations. Discrimination and harassment can be just as upsetting and hurtful when they occur in the virtual world as they are in the real world, and the fact that they occur online makes them no less unlawful. West Virginia individuals who feel that they have been victimized and wish to pursue legal action can meet with an employment law attorney who can evaluate their case and help them decide the best way to proceed.
Source: New York Daily News, "NYC Best Buy faces suit over sexual, racial harassment", Ginger Adams Otis, Feb. 25, 2016