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Warn managers: Even isolated comments about age can trigger an ADEA lawsuit

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Some things are best left unsaid. For example, no manager or supervisor should ever suggest that age plays any role in any employment decision, whether hiring, promotion or discharge.

Even a single comment or two may be enough to permit an Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) lawsuit under the right (or, more precisely, wrong) circumstances.

Although a stray comment alone may not be enough to prove discrimination, when coupled with other evidence—like a younger individual hired to perform a similar or the same job as someone older who was terminated—the comment may come back to haunt you.

Recent case: Tonda was hired as a supply chain business analyst in Minnesota. She got excellent reviews. She and a fellow analyst were both over age 40. Both women ended up taking FMLA leave—Tonda to be treated for anemia and her co-worker for breast cancer.

Sometime during their last few years with the company, a supervisor told the...(register to read more)

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