USA: Govt. agency settles with Rental Pro for alleged age discrimination
Author: Rebecca Moore, PLANSPONSOR (USA), Published on: 11 February 2016
“Company Seeking ‘Young Blood’ Charged with Age Bias”, 9 Feb 2016
Rental Pro, a miscellaneous equipment rental company in Somerset, Kentucky, with locations in Hazard, London and Pikeville, Kentucky, will pay $37,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to EEOC's suit, Rental Pro terminated Ronald Johnson, 52, because of his age. The company's owner sought "younger and peppier" employees and wanted to bring "young blood" into the company, the agency alleged…"Employers should make employment decisions based on a person's ability to do the job, and not on myths and stereotypes,"…With many employees now saying they plan to work longer and even transition into retirement with part-time work, the EEOC’s enforcement indicates age bias and stereotypes may hinder their efforts.