According to a new lawsuit and covered by local outlet WBTV, retail chain Belk have filed a lawsuit against GameStop.
This lawsuit alleges that current GameStop COO and former Belk’s CEO Nir Patel off attempting to lure away some of the company’s senior managers to leave Belk and come work for GameStop. Patel is alleged to have done this within 12 months of leaving the company despite signing an agreement with Belk noting he would do participant in this matter.
One person who is specifically named in the lawsuit as being poached is Tim May. May served as the senior vice president of supply chain at Belk. In the lawsuit, May is accused of stealing confidential employee compensation information prior to his departure and is alleged to have “repeatedly sent to his personal email address documents containing confidential compensation information for hundreds of Belk employees, including all employees who reported directly to May while he was at Belk.”
Belk also note that Patel attempted to poach their GVP of HR Shared Services and Total Rewards, Phillip Burke, away from the company to join GameStop via LinkedIn.
GameStop VP of Human Resources, Wes Burke, also admitted in a meeting that the attempted recuitment of Burke was at the behest of Patel and noted that Patel had “said to reach out to[Phillip Burke] and see if [he] would be interested in the job.”