Finding the right job is not easy these days. A job must fit a person's skills and knowledge, pay a living wage and provide adequate benefits for one's situation. When a job like this becomes available in California, a candidate who feels qualified for the position may hurry to apply. To be turned down for such an opportunity can be devastating, especially if the reasons have to do with discrimination.
One man in another state likely believed he had found the perfect job when he applied for a general manager position at a Ruby Tuesday near his home. The man had worked in the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years and met the other qualifications for the job. However, Ruby Tuesday refused to hire him after his interview. When the man inquired why the company declined to accept him, Ruby Tuesday replied that the company wanted a manager who could provide them with maximum longevity.
The lawsuit, filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claimed that Ruby Tuesday violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Since the company refused to settle, the case went to trial, and the court awarded the man $45,000 in relief. More importantly in the broader scope of the case, Ruby Tuesday must name a manager to oversee any reports of age discrimination in the company. Further, this manager will enforce age-friendly hiring practices and train employees to follow the provisions of the ADEA.
Because people are working later into life, they may encounter age discrimination more frequently. A worker who is qualified for a position has the right to be considered for hire no matter his or her age. Anyone who believes a company has denied employment simply because of someone's age may seek advice from a California attorney about the best options for seeking restitution.
Source: The National Law Review, "Ruby Tuesday to Pay $45,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Suit", Nov. 4, 2017