Radio Shack Must Pay $675,000 for Alleged Retaliation for Complaint of Age Discrimination

  11 September 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) obtained a judgment in federal court in its employment discrimination lawsuit against retailer RadioShack.

Judge Lewis Babcock entered a judgment for a variety of relief, including back pay, front pay, and an additional award to offset the increased taxes that will be incurred as a result of receiving the entire award  in a lump sum of approximately $675,000. According to the EEOC's lawsuit, in the fall of 2007, David Nelson, then 55, had been employed for more than 25 years when RadioShack assigned a new, 43-year-old regional manager to supervise him.  Within four months of the new supervisor's arrival at the regional office in Denver, Nelson, who had a spotless performance record, was placed on two "performance improvement plans." Nelson believed that he was being discriminated against by his new supervisor because of his age and he complained to the human resources department about the discrimination.  Within five days of the first complaint, and before the period for assessing the improvement in his performance had expired, RadioShack allegedly fired Nelson in retaliation for his discrimination complaint. Read More.