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7 workers claim age discrimination at McDonald's

A person's age may easily make him or her a target in Texas when it comes to an employer's decision to terminate employees, even though this is illegal. Unfortunately, several people in a recent out-of-state case said they were victims of age discrimination simply because they were over the age of 40. The situation involved McDonald's Restaurants, which has been sued in light of the alleged discrimination.

One man and six women decided to sue McDonald's, claiming that the restaurant at which they worked had come up with a plan to get rid of older employees. The establishment reportedly hired a new manager, who cut older workers' hours and did not give them the opportunity to take their normal rest breaks in a timely manner. Then, the manager allegedly chose to transfer younger workers to other restaurants during a remodeling of their own establishment and said that the workers who were not chosen for the transfers, namely the older workers, could apply again to work at the remodeled restaurant later.

According to the suit, once the remodeling had been completed, none of the seven workers were offered the chance to reclaim their old positions. The plaintiffs said they were victims of age discrimination as well as the purposeful infliction of emotional distress and wrongful termination. They are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

Being terminated due to one's age can have a harmful, long-term effect on one's career. Although age discrimination is illegal, some companies continue to engage in this type of workplace discrimination. An employee in Texas who feels he or she has been discriminated against has the right to file a claim against the company, and a successfully fought claim can potentially result in the reinstatement of the job.

Source: dailynews.com, "7 former McDonald's employees in Northridge sue over age discrimination", June 22, 2015

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