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11/18/2009 09:47 PM

Gadget Retailer Faces Discrimination Suit

By: Rebecca Spitz

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One of the nation's largest camera and video retailers was slapped with a $7 million lawsuit Wednesday over allegations it failed to hire or promote females.

Four women are suing B&H Photo and Video, alleging they were not hired or promoted because of their gender.

Three of the women say they recently applied for jobs and were turned down.

The fourth, who works at B&H as a cashier, says she's been refused a promotion for a better paying sales job.

"I was very upset, I didn't find it fair that they told me I couldn't get the job because I am a woman," said B&H employee Nakisha Cushnie.


"This is not a situation where they are relegated to back of the bus status, they're not able to get on the bus it's that simple, because of their gender," said Attorney Richard Ancowitz.

No one from B&H was available for an on camera interview but said in a statement, "B&H has a policy of not discriminating against employees or applicants, which we strictly follow. We have just found out about these allegations which we take very seriously and will investigate them. At this point, the company can offer no further comment."

This is not the first time B&H has been the target of a discrimination lawsuit. Two years ago, the federal equal opportunity employment commission accused the company of failing to hire and promote hispanics.

B&H eventually settled the suit for $4 million.