Tandy Brands Pays $95,000 To Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit
Tandy Brands ("Tandy") pay $95,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed in federal court by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") on behalf of Merta Withrow. According to published reports regarding the case, Tandy violated federal law by terminating Merta Withrow, a 62-year-old manager, because of her age. The company claimed the termination was part of a reduction-in-force but the company kept a lesser qualified and substantially younger manager.
However, during the discovery phase of the lawsuit the EEOC determined that within four months Tandy terminated another five supervisors, whose ages ranged from 75 to 58. If you are over the age of 40 you are protected by federal law regarding discrimination based on your age. The theory the EEOC alleged was that Tandy wanted a younger image and that is why they began to terminate older workers. This settlement should signal to Tandy that they can't behave this way.
EEOC Attorney Jim Sacher said “Making employment decisions based on one’s age is unlawful, and there is no excuse for such a practice in the 21 st century.”