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Age bias nets almost $1 million for El Paso airport food manager

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

A U.S. District Court jury in Texas has awarded $992,500 in an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee of the company that provides food and beverage services for El Paso International Airport.

Fred J. Jackson, a former restaurant manager for Host International, Inc., had been working for the company for only nine weeks when he was fired.

Jackson had previously been general manager of food and beverage services for Delaware North, the restaurant contractor that held the El Paso International Airport contract for years. Host International hired Jackson after it acquired Delaware North, but shortly fired him.

Jackson, who was 57 years old at the time, filed an age discrimination lawsuit. In court, Jackson reported hearing company officials say positions like his were best suited to “younger talented people.” Host International argued, however, that Jackson was terminated because of poor work performance.

The jury apparently didn’t buy that explanation.

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