What Are Some Examples of Age Discrimination Court Cases?

Examples of age discrimination court cases include when a U.S. district court judge ordered Hawaii Healthcare Professionals to pay more than $190,000 to a woman fired because of her age and despite her positive work history, notes the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. Wal-Mart settled an age discrimination lawsuit in 2015 for $150,000 after a manager was accused of harassing an employee who was also subsequently fired.

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, or EEOC, brought suit against Hawaii Healthcare Professionals in 2010, when an employee complained that she was fired after the owner of the company made disparaging remarks about her age, states the EEOC. The owner of the company was accused of remarks such as, “looks old,” “sounds old on the telephone,” and “like a bag of bones.” In addition to the monetary award, the judge in the case also ordered Hawaii Healthcare Professionals to train all staff regarding age discrimination and how to deal with complaints from employees.

In 2014, the EEOC filed suit against Wal-Mart after an employee complained that he was taunted by a supervisor based on his age, and was subsequently fired from his position, states the EEOC. The EEOC also charged that Wal-Mart did not make reasonable accommodations based on the same employee’s disability. Wal-Mart agreed to pay monetary damages and agreed to retrain employees regarding discrimination, harassment and the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Age Discrimination in Employment Act.