Power-Line Company Will Pay $90,000 to Electricians Who Claimed Age Discrimination
A Colorado-based power-line company will pay $90,000 to settle claims that it refused to hire two electricians for being “too old,” according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Western Energy Services of Durango, Inc. (WESODI) denied any wrongdoing.
The EEOC had claimed in a lawsuit that WESODI refused to hire Dennis Thomas, then 61, and Eric Camron, then 72—and that a company superintendent cited their age as the reason. Rejecting job applicants based on age is illegal under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, which protects people aged 40 and older.
An electricians’ union had referred Thomas and Camron for the positions, but WESODI instead hired two men in their mid-twenties.
In addition to paying the two men it rejected, WESODI will post an anti-discrimination policy, train its staff on anti-discrimination laws, and provide the EEOC with periodic updates.
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