Largest Car Rental Company in U.S. Targeted for Age Discrimination
The EEOC has filed a lawsuit against Enterprise Leasing Company over alleged age discrimination. GenXers and older millennials who applied for job opportunities with the company were systematically discriminated against, according to the EEOC. The lawsuit alleges that the rental car company asked a series of seemingly innocuous questions that were geared toward younger candidates. Candidates were asked questions concerning their college major, college clubs, extracurricular activities, and other questions of that nature.
The EEOC alleges that candidates aged 40 and above were selected at a statistically relevant and much lower rate than their younger counterparts with only 2.3% of their trainees being hired from that age group. Enterprise has denied the allegations.
Age discrimination in Tampa, FL
Federal law prohibits the majority of employers from discriminating against job candidates based on their age. The Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA) protects those aged 40 and over from discrimination in the workplace. An age discrimination lawyer can help you file a lawsuit against an employer who violates the provisions of ADEA and refuses to hire candidates, or hires them at statistically low intervals, as in the case of the allegations mentioned above.
The ADEA protects employees in a number of ways. Those include:
- Employers must not discriminate against employees at any stage of the employment process based on the candidate’s age
- Employers must not discriminate based on age in advertisements for available positions, the application process, or during interviews
- Employers must not discriminate against older workers when reducing the size of their staff
- Employers must not force their employees to take an early retirement but can offer early retirement incentive packages
- Employers must not retaliate against employees who file age discrimination claims under the ADEA
- Under the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, which is an amendment of the ADEA, an employer cannot reduce or deny benefits to older employees. In some situations, however, benefits can be reduced so long as the cost of benefits for older workers equals that of younger workers.
Filing an age discrimination lawsuit in Tampa, FL
If you have been discriminated against on the basis of your age, you may be able to file an age discrimination lawsuit against your employer. These types of claims include being passed up for promotion despite being the most qualified candidate or being refused a position because you are over the age of 40. You can also file a lawsuit claiming a hostile work environment due to age discrimination if you are relentlessly teased by your employer or other employees.
The Tampa, FL age discrimination attorneys at Florin Gray have helped hundreds of qualified candidates file causes of action against their employers based on various forms of discrimination. We can help you file your claim as well if you meet the criteria of an age discrimination lawsuit.