EEOC Settles Age Discrimination Suit Against Computer Systems, LLC For $32,500
Computer Systems LLC agreed to pay $32,500 to settle a suit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC) that alleged the company violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) when it fired an employee because of her age. The EEOC alleged that Computer Systems selected Sharon Passon, a billing specialist who had worked for the company for 38 years, to be terminated in an April 2010 “reduction-in-force” and then replaced her with a younger and less qualified billing specialist.
The ADEA prohibits the termination of employees because of their age. In addition to paying Passon $32,500 in monetary relief, Computer Systems, which was sold in November 2010, must train its managers regarding an employer’s obligations and the rights of employees under the ADEA if it resumes operations.
John C. Hendrickson of the EEOC’s Chicago District Office said: "Sometimes we need to reinforce, through litigation, the message that older individuals are productive workers and should be rewarded for their loyalty and hard work. We appreciate Computer Systems’ willingness to provide relief for Ms. Passon and to ensure that discrimination does not recur.”
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