Brentwood Fire District Settles Age Discrimination Lawsuit For $465,600
The Brentwood, Long Island Fire District pays $465,600 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") on behalf of a class of firefighters. According to published accounts between 1990 and 2004, the District prohibited volunteer firefighters over age 62 from accruing credit toward a length of service award because of their age.
The end result was that the senior firefighters kept working but did not receive credit for their service once they reaced 62. The lawsuit claims the age restriction violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"). You can see how much money this bad policy costs the taxpayers and hopefully the government will get it right next time. You cannot be discriminated against because of your age and the government can't make two policies, one for older workers and one for younger workers.
"The fire department's system penalized older firefighters who continued to actively perform their duties and that was a violation of federal law," said EEOC attorney Adela Santos.