Age discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. In the news a former employee (Plaintiff) has accused her company (Defendant) of age discrimination. Plaintiff worked as a maintenance technician at a yogurt plant from 2013 to 2015 when she was fired. She alleges discrimination because of her age and gender. When she filed a discrimination charge with the Idaho Human Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she was terminated the next day.
On June 23, 2014, the Plaintiff timely filed a Charge of Discrimination with both the Idaho Human Rights Commission (“IHRC”) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) charging Defendant with violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII, and the Idaho Human Rights Act. The next day, on June 24, 2015, Plaintiff was summarily called into a disciplinary meeting where she was wrongfully accused and abruptly terminated for allegedly not performing the proper lock-out/tag-out procedure while working on a piece of equipment.
In terminating Plaintiff, Defendant failed to follow its own policies and procedures for disciplining employees.
These include a verbal warning with written documentation, a written warning, time off without pay and finally termination.
While Defendant says Plaintiff was fired because she did not perform proper procedure while working on equipment, Plaintiff suit states the company did not follow the employee handbook procedures in terminating her. She was then replaced with a younger, less experienced man. Plaintiff is seeking lost pay and benefits and damages as well as attorney and court fees.
Age discrimination lawsuits are complicated. Age discrimination expert witnesses are brought on board the litigation team because they are experienced with employment law and human resources policies. They are experts in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission laws and regulations which make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Age discrimination expert witnesses are also experienced in lawsuits regarding the illegality in discriminating against an employee because they filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. Hiring a top notch age discrimination expert witness is crucial in lawsuits alleging employment law infractions.