Company to pay $37,000 to settle EEOC age discrimination lawsuit

Owner allegedly sought “younger and peppier” employees

Posted February 10, 2016

An equipment rental company in Kentucky will pay $37,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to EEOC’s suit, the company terminated a 52-year-old employee because of his age. The company’s owner sought “younger and peppier” employees and wanted to bring “young blood” into the company, the EEOC alleged.

Such alleged conduct violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which prohibits discrimination against employees and applicants because of their age. EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

The consent decree settling the suit provides the terminated employee with back pay and provides injunctive relief including anti-discrimination training, reporting of discrimination claims, notice posting, and a prohibition against any future discrimination or retaliation.

“As the statute makes clear, discrimination on the basis of a person’s age is a violation of federal law,” said Laurie Young, regional attorney for EEOC’s Indianapolis District, which includes Louisville, Detroit, and Cincinnati. “Employers should make employment decisions based on a person’s ability to do the job, and not on myths and stereotypes.”


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