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Posted On: November 14, 2009 by Peter M. LaSorsa

Massey Energy Pays $8.75 Million To Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Massey Energy and its subsidiary Spartan Mining Company settled a lawsuit alleging age discrimination for $8.75 million. The lawsuit was a class action led by five minors who alleged that Massey failed to hire workers over 40 years old in violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act. In all the lawsuit involved more than 200 job applicants. Under the terms of the settlement, 82 miners will each receive $38,000 in back pay and general compensatory damages with 141 job applicants each receiving $19,000.

In Illinois charges of age discrimination can be filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR") or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). I file charges with both agencies but prefer to file with the IDHR because I believe the state investigates better and in a more timely fashion. Many times a company that engages in this type of behavior does it on a large scale.

Both of my offices handle age discrimination cases and other forms of discrimination in Illinois. I utilize my Chicago office for cases in the Chicago area and my Mapleton office for cases downstate. My website focuses on sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination in Illinois.

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