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California McDonald’s sued for age discrimination

Category: Discrimination, Wrongful Termination

A McDonald’s restaurant in Northridge is being sued by seven former employees who allege that they were fired because the company favored younger workers. The six women and one man, who are all over the age of 40, filed the suit against McDonald’s Restaurants of California Inc. on June 19 in Los Angeles Superior Court.

According to the pleadings, the seven employees of the restaurant on Parthenia Street were hard workers who were purposely replaced with younger ones. The plaintiffs contend that a new manager hired in 2012 hatched a plan to get rid of the older workers by cutting their hours and not allowing them to take rest breaks on time. In December 2013 the restaurant began a remodel. The manager transferred younger workers to another restaurant and told the workers who were not transferred that they could reapply for their jobs at the Parthenia Street location after the renovation.

The lawsuit states that the manager declared her intention of staffing the Parthenia location with younger workers who spoke English. When the remodel was completed, none of the older employees were offered their jobs back. The complaint against the company alleges age discrimination, wrongful termination and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit alleges that one of the plaintiffs, a 52-year-old woman, was told by the manager that she did not want old people working at the Parthenia restaurant.

Wrongful termination is the act of an employer terminating an employee for an unlawful reason, such as the employee’s age or gender or because the employee complained about discrimination or other activities of the employer. Both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state law prohibit discrimination in the workplace based upon certain protected classes, and an employment law attorney might describe the legal remedies that are available to a client who has been the victim of such an unlawful act.

Source: Northridge-Chatsworth Patch, “Employees Sue Northridge McDonald’s Alleging Age Discrimination”, Paige Austin, June 22, 2015

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