Ruby Tuesday, Inc. pays $575,000to settle a class age discrimination lawsuit. The discrimination lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“). In cases like this the EEOC will always try to settle the case before letting a jury decide. The EEOC often can bring great pressure on the other side to settle. According to published accounts, Ruby Tuesday engaged in a pattern or practice of age discrimination against job applicants who were 40 years of age or older.
In addition Ruby Tuesday also failed to preserve employment records, including employment applications, as required by the ADEA and EEOC regulations. Many times employers don’t keep accurate records in an attempt to stall cases. Employment records are vital in a cases where age, gender or race are at issue. Despite their best efforts to impede the investigation, the EEOC was able to get to the bottom of what happened.
“This case demonstrates the agency’s ongoing commitment to challenge discriminatory barriers to hiring.” said EEOC General Counsel David Lopez