Under Federal law and that of most states, it is not permissible for an employer to refuse to hire or make employment decisions based upon the age of an employee. It is also illegal to pay an employee less because of his/her age.
Back in 2009, the EEOC brought a lawsuit against AT&T accusing it of age discrimination. AT&T Inc has settled this nationwide lawsuit by the EEOC accusing it of age discrimination for refusing to rehire tens of thousands of workers who had retired from the largest U.S. telephone company.
The three-year consent decree resolves around an August 2009 lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces federal anti-discrimination laws.
It requires AT&T to end any prohibitions against rehiring workers who left under two retirement programs between 1998 and 2001 and one related to SBC Communications Inc’s 2005 purchase of the former AT&T Corp, which created the current company.
AT&T must also update its databases to ensure former workers are not “blocked” from being rehired and certify annually in writing it is complying with the decree.
The EEOC had accused AT&T of having no legitimate reason not to rehire workers who retired under the programs, a number it estimated as exceeding 50,000.
The EEOC brought the case on behalf of John Yates, who was 57 years old .
If you believe you have been the subject of age discrimination, file a complaint with Human Resources or the EEOC or contact Scott Behren and the Behren Law Firm for a free consultation.