Perhaps the irony is lost on those who don’t remember the ’60s. Ruby Tuesday Restaurants—named after an early Rolling Stones hit—has been charged with violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act by refusing to hire applicants over age 40.
If allegations by the EEOC are true, Mick Jagger himself couldn’t get hired at the store’s franchises in West Mifflin, Greensburg, Altoona, Du Bois and Indiana, as well as Beachwood, Ohio.
According to an EEOC complaint, the restaurants show a pattern of refusing to hire older applicants. The complaint also alleges they also failed to preserve documents such as job applications and employment records required by law.
Note: It goes without saying that hiring bias is a no-no. But where Ruby Tuesday may have cooked its own goose was in failing to keep proper hiring records. That’s why the chain now faces a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all workers and applicants at the affected restaurants.
- Handle with care if older employee's performance slips
- Does the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act protect employees other than women?
- Document any slippage in employee performance to insulate against later discrimination claims
- Call lawyer ASAP if your last-chance agreements require employees to give up Title VII rights
- Ring of fire: Don't get burned by a reference call