65-YEAR-OLD EMPLOYEE REPLACED BY A GUY IN HIS THIRTIES
On March 31, 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had filed a discrimination lawsuit against J&M Industries, Inc., a Louisiana-based manufacturing and distribution company, because the latter had allegedly fired an employee who refused to retire.
Apparently, when its employee turned 65-years-of-age, J&M is said to have repeatedly prompted her to resign, with questions like, “What is the reason you are not retiring?” But when she advised her employer she didn't wish to leave the company, her purchasing-agent position was supposedly eliminated. Yet, a month later, a man in his thirties was reportedly hired for the slot.
Given that such conduct violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which prohibits discrimination against individuals forty or older because of age, EEOC has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (Civil Action No. 2:23-cv-01100).
Michael Kirkland, director of the EEOC’s New Orleans Field Office, noted in a statement released by the agency, “Age discrimination is based on false stereotypes and hurts everyone involved. Older workers can contribute greatly to employers and the economy.”
Is this kind of misconduct getting old, or what?
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