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Call it Whole Outrage.

It was just a couple of weeks ago that it was reported here and elsewhere that Whole Foods had fired nine store managers in its mid-Atlantic region "for manipulating a bonus program to their benefit." The company said that the managers "engaged in a policy infraction that allowed the managers to benefit from a profit-sharing program at the expense of store employees."

Now, those same managers are firing back with a class action lawsuit - seeking $25 million apiece in damages - that says they actually were fired by the company because they "blew the whistle" on Whole Foods' practice of not paying earned bonuses to employees. The Associated Press writes that the lawsuit characterizes Whole Foods' behavior as "systemic age theft," and that the firings took place after a "sham internal investigation." The suit also says that Whole Foods defamed the managers by accusing them of stealing from store employees.
KC's View:
This is a fascinating story, and I'm really looking forward to how it all plays out in the courts (and the media). I do think that if Whole Foods is not 100 percent correct in how it has fired these managers, and if there is any accuracy about the claims being made, it will take an enormous hit to its reputation.

I'm not prejudging the case. I'm just saying that a class action lawsuit seems like a pretty risky move if the managers are guilty as charged.