The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission seeks to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The laws put in place by the EEOC outline the groups that should receive protection against these actions. Workers aged 40 and older fall into one of the protected categories.
Unfortunately, not every employer or worker follow the EEOC’s guidance at all times. This results in many employees experiencing some form of age discrimination or harassment at work.
New lawsuit alleges age discrimination
A now 78-year-old woman recently filed a new lawsuit against her former employer. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the suit asserts that the woman’s termination from her job violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, essentially insisting the employer fired her solely because of her age. The woman was 75 years old at the time of her termination. She worked for the employer for 16 years prior to the termination.
Security system protocol prompts firing
The woman worked for Emory Decatur Hospital in the neonatal unit. In January of 2018, her manager indicated that she failed to follow the procedure for an infant security system. However, the lawsuit insists that the woman followed the same process utilized by other employees and alleges the management failed to provide proper training.
Derogatory remarks made by manager
A new manager took over the team the woman worked with in 2017. The woman alleges that the manager made negative remarks about her and even called her “crazy” and “old”. The manager was approximately three decades younger than the employee. The context in which any statements occurred remains unknown.