Being treated poorly by a boss because of one's age can be dispiriting for an employee in Texas and other parts of the United States. A 43-year-old man in a different state recently said he was a victim of age discrimination in the workplace, and was then fired for complaining about how his employer mistreated him. He is now seeking damages under an age discrimination act as well as under an anti-retaliation provision of the act.
The issue started when the man, an electrician, said he was terminated in 2012 after correspondence from a supervisor at a previous job supposedly indicated he had performed unsatisfactorily. The man said that his personal discussion with the supervisor of the job, however, indicated that the supervisor was actually pleased with his work. The male employee then filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, claiming that the correspondence was fraudulent. The man ended up being rehired, but a condition of his being rehired was that he would drop the complaint; he agreed to do so.
However, the man faced a layoff months later that he believed was seasonal in nature. A month later, many younger employees were brought back to the workplace, but he wasn't. When the man called to find out why, he was told that he wouldn't be hired by the company again since he had been jailed in the past. The man claimed that his second termination was really revenge for his decision to file the EEOC complaint since at least one other employee also had a past arrest record.
The employee is seeking a monetary judgment along with court costs. He also would like to be reinstated in his former job or a similar position. It is within the right of any person who feels that he or she is a victim of age discrimination or employee retaliation in Texas to file a claim against the company in an effort to hold it accountable.
Source: pennrecord.com, "Suit: Electrician fired, re-hired and fired again due to age discrimination", Jim Boyle, July 14, 2014