Wrongful termination based on age is a very serious matter. It is very important for employers to not engage in such age discrimination against their employees. Such discrimination can cause a significant amount of harm to employees. No employee should have to be subjected to being wrongfully terminated on the basis of their age.
It has been alleged that the employees were told by the company that they would be terminated if they did not accept demotions. According to the EEOC, after the demotions, the company then terminated the employees anyway. The EEOC claims that the company took these actions against the employees because of the employees' age.
An age discrimination lawsuit has been brought in a federal court by the EEOC against the company in connection to the above allegations. It has been reported that this lawsuit is asking for monetary damages. The lawsuit reportedly is also asking for non-monetary relief. It will be interesting to see what happens in this age discrimination case and how it is ultimately resolved.
As the allegations in this case underscore, wrongful termination on the basis of age can be very harmful to employees. Thus, one hopes employers are held accountable when they engage in conduct like that alleged in this case. One also hopes that all employers make sure to not commit age discrimination against their employees.
Source: WRCB, "Winchester auto parts maker facing federal age discrimination charges," Nov. 16, 2012
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