A lawsuit involving a private college in New York City has finally come to an end. Marymount Manhattan College recently settled an age discrimination lawsuit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after the educational institution chose not to hire a 64-year-old applicant for an assistant professor position.
According to a press release on the EEOC’s website, the plaintiff, Patricia Catterson, attempted to secure a job as a choreography instructor with the possibility of tenure down the road. Yet, despite having the qualifications and being an employee at the school, Marymount decided to offer the position to a 38-year-old applicant.
The complaint also alleges that the decision to pass Catterson over for the job violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which bans age discrimination against workers and job applicants who are more than 40 years old.
As part of the settlement, Marymount agreed to pay Catterson $125,000 in damages. In addition, the education institution has said that it will adhere to the mandates of the ADEA and will conduct training session on anti-discrimination laws.
“We commend Marymount for working cooperatively with us to resolve this matter,” EEOC New York Trial Attorney Louis Graziano declared in a statement. “We are confident that we have put mechanisms in place to ensure compliance with the law in the future.”
No person should experience discrimination based on his or her age. If you live in Missouri and have been the victim of this unfair behavior, then consider contacting free consultation lawyers like the ones at The Meyers Law Firm. These experienced and locally based attorneys can assess your claim, try your case in court and help you recover damages you may be entitled to.