Although a 63-year-old quality control inspector won his age-discrimination lawsuit, a jury awarded him only $1 in damages.
The inspector, who was let go after 20 years with Sun Building Systems Inc. in Taylor, claimed the company vice president approached him when he was age 59 and asked when he planned to retire. Four days later, he was fired as part of a cutback in quality control. Yet the company soon advertised for two entry-level positions in the department.
The inspector won summary judgment on most counts of his lawsuit, partly because Sun Buildings failed to respond to the suit. In the absence of a response, the court admitted the plaintiff’s version of events. Sun Buildings requested a second chance to respond, but was denied the opportunity.
The inspector’s victory was short-lived, however. A jury, charged only with assessing economic damages to the inspector, awarded only $1 in nominal damages.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- Tell bosses: Sexist comments can come back to haunt you
- Hiring independent contractor? Be prepared to document that he's not an employee
- If new employee clearly isn't working out, fire and move on
- Beware subtle age-bias peril: Don't assume older employees are ready to retire