EEOC and AT&T Settle Age Discrimination Suit

While not particularly noteworthy in the fact that they settled the suit, the EEOC had alleged AT&T violated the law in its practice of refusing to consider for employment former AT&T employees who had opted to receive a voluntary early retirement package.

Some employees voluntarily retired about ten years ago–and were barred by AT&T from working there again. The EEOC sued, arguing AT&T’s practice of rejecting former employees simply because they previously opted for early retirement violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

This is important for employers to keep in mind when structuring a reduction in force that could impact older workers.

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