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Discrimination

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You have an employee on Facebook bragging about illegally forcing a nursing mother to leave the store, and claiming that his boss and HR representatives agreed with his decision to violate this woman's legal rights.

Is this really the stance of the company? Somehow I think it's probably not.

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Victor (removed per forum guidelines)
In Mass it is illegal to throw someone out while they are breastfeeding. When I was a Supervisor at Best Buy I did.
I think it's disgusting to stop in a major retail store or a restaurant where you eat and show your breast. I get it, you need to feed your child but not like that. All the penalty was, was a 1,000 fine. My bosses agreed all the way up to HR.
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Re: Discrimination

Hi Granger99, welcome to the forum.

It is not the stance of Best Buy to discriminate against nursing mothers.

Just because Victor makes the claim that his "...bosses agreed all the way up to HR." Doesn't mean they actually did. It's his interpretation of what occurred. He may have been officially talked to but not fired and he could have assumed since he wasn't fired or otherwise reprimanded that an implied "agree[ment]" was there where none existed. His bosses may have agreed that they too thought it was "disgusting" in their personal opinions but not as representatives of the company. Again, Victor interpreted their reactions as he wanted to.

He mentions a $1,000 fine. If Best Buy was fined this, and he was not, then the laws in Mass need to be changed to be a heftier fine (like $1,000 to the employee directly and $10,000 to the employer).

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Re: Discrimination

It turns out Victor is a former employee, so he's making false statements to make it appear that the things he did while employed were the right thing to do.

I've run into people like this where I work. I've heard that a person who used to be the meat department manager was asked to step down because he wasn't doing the required work among other reasons, but they only would allow him to transfer to another specific department. When I talk to him he claims stepping down was his idea and he demanded to be transferred to his new department.

He basically changed the truth to "save face" with me. It sounds like Victor is doing the same; changing the facts to make it sound like his previous employer supported his view.

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Re: Discrimination

I assumed that that's what he was doing because it's the only thing that makes sense, but I believe his perpetuating this misinformation on a Facebook thread of a very public profile commonly viewed by thousands of people is not in the interests of Best Buy.

There are a lot of parents and people dedicated to women's rights who would drop patronage to businesses just because they saw something like that.
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Re: Discrimination

Best Buy is all about diversity and making sure that both gender sides opinions are put on the table to help grow the company.  Here are some statistics:

5 of the 11 on the executive team are female

4 of the 10 seats on the board of directors are female tied for 12th among all S&P 500 companies

Shari B president of U.S Retail

Paula B chief human resources officer

Corie B financial officer

Mary Lou K president of e-commerce

Trish W president of services

 

On of my favorite quotes from Hubert the CEO that was put into fortune magazine was "if it had been Lehman Sisters instead of Lehman Brothers, maybe it wouldn't have been the catastrophe that it was." 

 

Please look at the top to the bottom and not the other way around to truly understand and see the inclusion of all genders is taken very seriously with Best Buy. 

 

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Re: Discrimination

Hello, Granger99-

 

I appreciate the time you took to inform our community of this post. Best Buy doesn’t take accusations like this lightly, and we thrive to have a welcoming environment for everyone. Aside from monitoring Best Buy Forum, our team engages and moderates many other Social Media engagements that Best Buy is a part of, including Best Buy Facebook. Our team is aware of the thread and we continue to monitor it closely as we investigate the matter.

 

Thank you for being a Best Buy customer and for demonstrating your concern on the topic.

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Re: Discrimination

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