Poultry Producer Settles in Age Discrimination Lawsuit--Perdue Pays Applicant $25K
May 15, 2010
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Perdue Farms, one of the nation's largest poultry producers, will pay $25,000 in an age discrimination lawsuit--after reportedly violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) by denying employment to a female worker because of her age.
According to the lawsuit, filed by the EEOC, Audrey Sheftall applied for employment at a Perdue Farms facility in North Carolina when she was 66 years old. Sheftall was reportedly qualified for the position in the deboning department, and yet was refused by the company. The EEOC reports that Perdue went on to hire over 70 new employees within the month that she applied, who were all considerably younger than Sheftall--including her granddaughter who applied on the same day as her grandmother.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects both employees and job applicants who are forty years of age or older from discrimination based on age. Under the ADEA it is against the law to discriminate against a person because of age in any condition of employment including, compensation, job assignments, hiring, firing, layoffs, and other terms of employment. It is also illegal to retaliate against an employee or applicant for opposing age discrimination practices.
The EEOC enforces the federal laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, and is committed to ensuring that employment applicants are considered for jobs based on actual skills and qualifications and not stereotypes based on age.
Perdue Farms operates facilities in sixteen states and employs approximately 20,000 people throughout the country. Sheftall applied for a job in a facility that reportedly processes nearly 40,000 chickens each day, to sell to retailers.
If you or someone you know, in Orange County and throughout Southern California, has been discriminated against because of age, call Howard Law, PC today at 1-800-872-5925, to schedule a free consultation about your employment rights.
Perdue Farms Settles EEOC Age Discrimination Suit, May 12, 2010
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