The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Marymount Manhattan College because they refused to hire a choreography instructor for a tenure-track assistant professorship because of her age in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) which protects against age discrimination against employees and job applicants who are age 40 or older.
According to the EEOC’s suit, Marymount initially selected a 64-year-old choreography instructor and two other applicants as finalists for an assistant professorship in dance composition. According to the suit, after Marymount has determined that the 64-year-old was the leading candidate, the college’s search committee expanded its search to include a less qualified, 37-year-old applicant as a fourth finalist because it considered her to be “at the right moment of her life for commitment to a full-time position.” The suit charges that Marymount passed over the 64-year-old applicant and instead hired the 37-year-old applicant because of age.
“Our suit charges that age was the deciding factor in this case,” said EEOC trial attorney Justin Mulaire. “Under the law, age has no place in hiring decisions — and tenure-track positions in academia are no exception.”
The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination and the Harman Firm is ready to answer any questions you may have if you or someone you know is a victim of age discrimination.