The applicants were among several veterans referred to the fast-food restaurant by a Department of Veterans Affairs vocational counselor.
All reported that a general manager directly asked them how old they were. He told an applicant for a cashier/cook position that she was “too old” to work at the restaurant. A 58-year-old cook applicant was told the restaurant was not hiring. Even a relatively young 40-year-old was informed he was too old.
Eventually, the general manager told the vocational counselor not to send him older applicants. The reason, he allegedly said: “They don’t work hard for me. They get tired easily.”
All of the applicants filed EEOC complaints. Barring a settlement, the case will go to court where the chicken purveyor may get burned.