Even if a job requires physical labor, employers cannot reject applicants based on their age. Take the case against Western Energy Services of Durango, Inc. (WESODI), who rejected the applications of potential employees, Dennis Thomas (age 61) and Eric Camron (age 72), for jobs as journeymen linemen electricians. A journeyman lineman is a licenses electrician that works on power lines or may work at power plants, focusing on lines and generators used for electricity distribution. These are not easy jobs. Yet when the applicants presented evidence that WESODI’s line superintendent stated that he was rejecting the applications because of their ages without any consideration for their physical ability to perform the job, it became a classic case of employment age discrimination and cost the employer $90,000, which represents about one year salary for each employee.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, age discrimination accounted for 23% of the total charges during 2012. Our employment discrimination attorneys know it is a very serious problem throughout Ohio and the entire United States.
If you even think that your employment rights have been violated or that you might need an employment lawyer, then call the right attorney to schedule a free and confidential consultation at 866-797-6040. The Spitz Law Firm is dedicated to protecting employees’ rights and solving employment disputes.
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