Washington Township in Gloucester County will pay $50,000 to a municipal worker to settle an age discrimination lawsuit that has been brewing for six years.
Thomas Ruiz began working for the township in 2001 as a part-time laborer making $7.50 per hour. A year later, he inquired about a full-time job opening. His supervisor reportedly told 59-year-old Ruiz it “was a young man’s job.” The township hired a 37-year-old man instead. That’s when Ruiz sued.
Ruiz still works for the township and makes close to $19 per hour. He will receive roughly $30,000 for back pay, interest and pain and suffering. His lawyer gets $21,000.