2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. The EEOC is marking the milestone with, among other things, a dedicated webpage, available here. Included is a statement from Acting Chair Lipnic, a timeline of legislative developments, the EEOC’s regulations and guidance, important cases, and statistics.
The Commission has an active ADEA litigation docket. Texas Roadhouse recently paid $12 Million and agreed to injunctive relief to resolve the Commission’s lawsuit, filed in Massachusetts, alleging that the restaurant chain engaged in a nationwide pattern-or-practice of age discrimination in hiring. Read more here. The Commission is litigating a similar case against Seasons 52. The case is pending in Miami.
Closer to home, a northern Indiana employer last year resolved a Commission lawsuit by paying $100,000 to an applicant it learned was older than its ideal age range and agreeing to injunctive relief.
Even though this milestone is certainly a thing to celebrate, The Indiana Lawyer recently published an article discussing how today, it's much harder to detect and prove instances of age discrimination. However, it's an important part of history, nonetheless!
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