Ruby Tuesday, Inc. will pay $575,000 to settle a class-action age discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC alleged that Ruby Tuesday engaged in a pattern or practice of age discrimination against job applicants who were 40 years of age or older at six of the chain’s restaurants located in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The restaurant chain also failed to preserve employment records, including employment applications, as required by the ADEA and EEOC regulations.
The lesson: To be safe, hang on to job applications of non-hires for at least two years.