The city of Milwaukee has been ordered to compensate a former Health Department network administrator who was fired for discriminatory reasons. The claimant's position was eliminated in 2009, and he was transferred to a much lower paying position within the Health Department. The claimant immediately initiated an age discrimination claim against the city, alleging that the position was eliminated so that it could be filled by a younger employee.
In apparent response to the filing of the age discrimination claim, the claimant was subjected to retaliatory action from the employer. The administrative law judge hearing the age discrimination claim found that the city eliminated the position for the purpose of firing the claimant and giving the network administrator job to a younger person. The claimant, who is now 65, won a $220,000 judgment against the city and the calculation of both the claimant's retirement amount and amount owed due to unused sick days will be calculated using the higher salary.
This employee recognized that he was being discriminated against because of age and wisely sought legal counsel who were able to obtain compensation. In addition to financial compensation, attorneys are sometimes able to obtain reinstatement of employment. An employment law attorney specializing in employment discrimination may be able to protect the financial interests and employment future of employment discrimination victims.
Source: Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, "Settlement of age discrimination claim would cost city $220,000," Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 1, 2013.