Sears Settles Age Discrimination Lawsuit For $30,000
Sears will pay $30,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit. The discrimination lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") on behalf of a 61-year old applicant who was turned down for employment. According to the lawsuit, Sears refused to hire the man into an entry-level loss prevention/asset protection position despite his qualifications and 27 years of investigative experience. This type of conduct is illegal and violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA").
This type of case is a good example of how large corporations don't believe they are accountable. This man had a ton of experience and was well qualified yet the company decided to not hire him and instead hired a less experienced and less qualified individual. Hopefully after paying this settlement and getting the unwanted attention, Sears will act different in the future.
“We are pleased that Sears worked cooperatively with the EEOC in bringing a resolution to this case,” said EEOC Supervisory Trial Attorney Judith G. Taylor of the EEOC.