A former North Dakota Attorney General recently filed a lawsuit against a major law school in Michigan, alleging the school passed him over for faculty spots because of his age.
The plaintiff holds a reputable resume, with former posts including the Attorney General position, several other high-level corporate positions and a Supreme Court clerkship. However, after applying to more than 100 law schools, he didn't receive a single interview.
After learning he was passed over for three spots at one school, he filed the suit, alleging the school was guilty of age discrimination.
The plaintiff is 61, and feels the only recent other candidates were hired over him is because of his age. In his lawsuit, he listed previous relevant positions, which include other posts at law schools and financial advisors.
"It really has to be because they’re looking for younger people," said the man's attorney. "The fact that he has this long career actually hurt him."
The case highlights the importance of businesses recognizing and avoiding potential discriminatory actions, which may lead to professional liability lawsuits, regardless of fault or intention.