With a workforce made up of mixed demographics including Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers, age discrimination lawsuits are rising in Ohio and across the nation. According to Forbes magazine, employees file 20,000 complaints alleging discriminating practices against older workers each year with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. While settling some cases results in a quick remedy, other complainants forced to wait long timeframes may give up before a jury hears their case.

General workplace interactions that prove discriminatory may include comments, statements or jokes based on an individual’s age. Many companies have an internal policy for resolving these issues. Conduct that requires filing a legal action with the EEOC, however, involves hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting an employee because of their age. For example, when two individuals interview for an open position and the less experienced younger one gets the hiring offer so that an employer can pay a reduced salary and benefits package, the older employee may have a valid claim for age discrimination.

Age discrimination action against Cleveland car dealership

Former employees and new applicants of a luxury car dealership in Cleveland filed an age discrimination claim with the EEOC alleging that it engaged in illegal practices, as reported by Cleveland.com. The dealership allegedly fired two employees over the age of 65 after coworkers made disparaging comments, and then hired younger employees in their 20s and 30s to take over their positions. Hiring the younger employees with less experience may indicate a willful action on the part of the employer to use its employees’ ages in its hiring and firing decisions. If the EEOC finds in favor for the fired employees, a remedy may include an award for damages and back pay.