Three Circuit City employees laid off last week have sued the electronics retailer, alleging it violated California law prohibiting age discrimination. Daniel Weidler, Michael Yezback and Eloise Garcia, who worked at the Circuit City store in Oxnard, also alleged wrongful termination in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The suit, which seeks class action status, names Richmond-based Circuit City Stores Inc. as the defendant.
The company, facing larger competitors and falling sales, said last week that it would immediately lay off 3,400 workers earning “well above the market-based salary range for their role” and replace them with lower-paid new hires. Five of those workers are in our area.
The laid-off workers would get a severance package and a chance to reapply for their former jobs, at lower pay, after 10 weeks, the company said.
Weidler, Yezback, and Garcia claimed they were let go because they were better paid than other workers thanks to their higher seniority at the store.