It is very important for employers to not engage in wrongful age discrimination when making termination decisions. No employee should have to worry that they will be wrongfully fired from their job because of their age.
Reportedly, in September of last year, the bank fired the woman. The woman had been with the bank for around 26 years.
The woman claims that the reason the bank gave for her firing was not the real reason she was terminated. Rather, the woman alleges that the actual reason that she was fired was her age. At the time of her termination, the woman was 60 years old.
Thus, the woman claims that her termination violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
A lawsuit has been brought by the woman in a federal court in Texas against the bank in connection to these allegations. It has been reported that damages are being sought in this lawsuit. It will be interesting to see what ultimately happens in this age discrimination case.
As the allegations in this case underscore, age discrimination can be extremely harmful to employees. Thus, one hopes that 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 engage in age discrimination against their employees.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "60-year-old bank CEO files age discrimination lawsuit after termination," Michelle Keahey, May 28, 2012