PJP Health will pay three former employees $300,000 to settle charges it harassed, fired and retaliated against the workers.
The Huntington-area insurance brokerage terminated two workers who later complained to the EEOC that managers had made age-related comments about them and refused to promote them. They were eventually fired. A third employee filed an age discrimination complaint and met withabout it. She was fired three days later and amended her complaint to include a retaliation charge.
The parties were unable to resolve their dispute through the EEOC’s conciliation process. That’s when the EEOC filed suit on the workers’ behalf. PJP Health elected to settle the matter before it went to trial. In addition to the monetary damages, the company agreed to train management concerning age discrimination and must report any future bias allegations directly to the EEOC.
That’s probably a moot point: PJP Health recently went out of business after New York regulators accused the company of misrepresenting the insurance products it sold.
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