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The price of a poorly worded want ad: a cool $1 million

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Hiring,Human Resources

“Recent college graduates” in their “early 20s and 30s” is how Virginia-based ­Cavalier Telephone described—both orally and in writing—their preference for sales candidates. The company also offered employees a $500 bonus for referring a “friend’s younger brother or sister.”

This overt age bias brought the wrath of the EEOC on Cavalier, which agreed last month to settle the age discrimination lawsuit for a hefty $1 million.

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