Thursday, May 7, 2009

Economy Down – Age Discrimination Claims Up

The online edition of the Palm Beach Post has an interesting article about some side issues involving the current economic crisis. Reporter Laura Figueroa writes that million jobs have been lost since 2007 according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In direct correlation, claims of age discrimination in the workplace are at an all time high. As an example, a group of 3M employees, past and present are accusing the Minnesota-based company of preferential treatment of workers under the age of 46. More than 6,000 employees could be a part of this class action suit.

Not only are the number of termination-related claims growing, but Ms. Figueroa also writes about examples of the number of failure to hire claims. 66-year-old Diane Schleich lost her home and her car, then had to move in with her son after losing her job as a secretary Florida. When Ms. Schleich applied for a vacant position, she was passed over for a 28-year-old with no experience. The Last week, a jury found Ms. Figueroa had been discriminated against and awarded her awarded $75,000 in damages for failure to hire. For more information, visit this link.

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