A waste management company in Las Vegas has been ordered to pay nearly $3 million dollars in damages following a verdict declaring they had illegally fired employees in violation of the Age Discrimination Employment Act.
According to the EEOC, the company was found liable after firing over 21 employees who were 40 years old or older. These jobs were then given to younger employees who were held to lesser standards than the older workers. The lawsuit also alleged that the company engaged in a campaign to overwork individuals that they did not want working with there, hoping that excess work would cause exhaustion and let their job performance suffer.
The EEOC’s settlement on behalf of the employees is a victory for the terminated individuals, as well as for workers across America. This victory comes following the Gross v. FBL Supreme Court decision, which made it increasingly difficult for older employees to bring an age discrimination suit. Hopefully, more employees will understand what age discrimination looks like, and stand up for their rights.