No employee should have to face age discrimination at their place of work. Such discrimination can be very harmful to employees. Thus, one hopes that all employers make sure to not commit such discrimination against their employees.
The employees in question were salespeople with the dealership. The EEOC alleged that the dealership barred these employees from selling a certain brand of automobile that the dealership sells. According to the EEOC, this prohibition was based on the employees' age.
The EEOC also claimed that one of the dealership's employees was subjected to retaliation for having made complaints about the alleged age discrimination. Allegedly, the employee ended up quitting his job as a result of the alleged retaliation.
The EEOC brought a lawsuit in a federal court against the auto dealership in connection to these allegations. The EEOC and the dealership recently reached a settlement in regards to this lawsuit. Reportedly, under the terms of this settlement, the dealership will make a monetary payment and take certain steps aimed at preventing age discrimination.
As the allegations that were made in this recently settled case underscore, wrongful age discrimination can cause a great deal of harm to employees. Thus, one hopes that employers are held accountable when they engage in wrongful age discrimination against their employees.
Source: San Antonio Express-News, "Universal Toyota settles age-discrimination case," Patrick Danner, Sept. 11, 2012
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