According to a report in The Star-Telegram, a Texas-based company has agreed to a settlement with former employees who had sued the business for alleged age discrimination.
One ex-employee, a former property manager, filed the lawsuit after the company informed her of her termination, which was a result of her age. The company also fired another manager when the she complained about the discriminatory termination.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit on behalf of these ex-employees.
"Discriminatory assumptions about age in today's workplaces only serve to limit an employer's ultimate breadth of business potential," Robert Canino, regional attorney for the EEOC Dallas office, told the news source. "Punishing people for standing up to prejudice and thus depriving them of their earnings, despite demonstrated performance, takes unlawful conduct from bad to worse."
As part of the settlement, the company will pay the plaintiffs $50,000 and must give managers and supervisors training for equal-employment opportunity policies and procedures.
Failing to make these standards known among employees may lead to professional liability lawsuits for businesses of all sizes. Thus, ensuring fair business practices are in place is highly important.