Worker Claims Fired Because Of Age After Being Told She Was “Not The Same As She Used To Be”
Having litigated age discrimination cases in Florida courts for more than twenty years, our Citrus County employment discrimination lawyers know that older workers continue to endure systemic discrimination based on age stereotypes regarding their productivity, health, or competence. Older employees, our Inverness, Florida employment discrimination attorneys have learned, are routinely subjected to comments reflecting age stereotypes, such as telling older workers they cannot produce like they did in the past, that they do not have the same motivation or energy, and that they are no longer innovative or creative. As the U.S. Supreme Court in Hazen Paper Co. v. Biggins, 507 U.S. 604 (1993) explained, “it is the very essence of age discrimination for an older employee to be fired because the employer believes that productivity and competence decline with age.” In this article, our Citrus County employment discrimination lawyers explain how the decision in Harris v. Therapy Management, Inc., Case No. 20-cv-10512 (E.D. Mich. Dec. 10, 2021) demonstrates that remarks reflecting stereotypes about the productivity, health, or competence of older workers are evidence of a discriminatory age-based employment decision.
Age Discrimination Lawsuit
In that case, a woman named Harris brought an age discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, Therapy Management, Inc. (TMI), pursuant to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The ADEA forbids employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of age. Harris claims that she was fired because of her age in violation of the ADEA.
After witnessing the violation, the state inspector spoke with Harris. Harris then immediately walked to the office of her supervisor, Gargadharan, to notify him of what happened. No more than one hour later, Gargadharan called Harris back to his office and informed her that she was terminated. Harris was provided with no explanation for her termination. Teffault, who is forty-eight years younger than Harris, was not terminated after the incident.
A few days before her termination, according to Harris, Gargadharan remarked that Harris was “not the same as she used to be,” which Harris understood to be a negative comment about her age. Harris further alleges that TMI has engaged in a pattern of phasing out older employees for younger hires and a company-wide practice of targeting employees for termination because of their age and replacing them with much younger hires.
Evidence Of Discriminatory Termination
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