Pittsburgh security firm Capital Asset Protection can look forward to an age discrimination from a 70-year-old former security guard who was hailed as a hero for helping to end a violent rampage at a high school—and then lost his job.
Capital Asset Protection provides security for Franklin Regional High School. Last April, a student went on a stabbing spree in which he wounded 20 students with two eight-inch kitchen knives. The security guard was stabbed in the chest as he helped subdue the assailant.
However in August, the security company terminated him. The guard’s lawyer calls the man a “hero,” and plans to file an age discrimination lawsuit against the firm. The lawyer called the man “a young 70” who used to be a “linebacker and can certainly still perform his job.”
Note: Employers may not use age in making employment decisions. Also, how well will this employer fare before a jury full of ‘Stillers’ fans against a former linebacker who took a knife to save high school kids?