Best Buy fired worker because of race, lawsuit says

By John Suayan | Feb 22, 2018

BEAUMONT – A local man claims Best Buy fired him because of his race.

BEAUMONT – A local man claims Best Buy fired him because of his race.

Jon C. Smith sued the retailer in Jefferson County District Court last month. The Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas took over the case on Feb. 20.

Smith, who is black, worked at the defendant’s store in Beaumont.

His suit explains that he was terminated on Oct. 22, 2015 for allegedly violating certain policies, asserting the respondent singled him out.

“Non-African Americans and/or non-minority employees in similar positions as the plaintiff were alleged to have violated similar policies yet were not terminated from employment with the defendant(s),” court papers state.

Consequently, Smith seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Steve Parkhurst of the law firm Dies & Parkhurst LLP in Orange and Michael Catt of the Catt Law Firm PC, also in Orange, are representing the complainant.

Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case No. 1:18-CV-0079

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