Audrey Sheftall and her granddaughter both applied for jobs at Perdue Farms’ Lewiston facility on the same day.
Perdue hired the granddaughter, but not the 66-year-old Sheftall. Perdue also hired 74 other people who were significantly younger than Sheftall, even though she demonstrated she was qualified for the position in the facility’s deboning department.
Sheftall complained to the EEOC that Perdue had discriminated against her because she was no longer—ahem—a spring chicken. The EEOC investigated and concluded that Perdue had discriminated against her because of her age in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
Perdue elected to settle with Sheftall to the tune of $25,000. Additionally, the poultry giant will train its managers about age discrimination and ensure that notices of employee rights are on display at the Lewiston facility.
Under the settlement, Perdue must tender periodic reports to the EEOC to keep it abreast of its hiring practices.
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