In a surprising court ruling, a judge decided that only “one comment” made by the district manager about the store manager’s age was enough to hand him his walking papers - into court that is (Barnes v. Foot Locker Retail, Inc. D. Kan. 3/9/07). Click here for the Age Discrimination case.
Usually, there is the tried-and-true “isolated comment” defense that employers argue and many courts will buy into. It looks like this: “It was just one time.” Or, “The manager didn’t mean it. Mea culpa, let us go!” But, in this situation the court kicked that defense out of play completely.
What does this new ruling mean to you?