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EEOC: Popeye’s franchise wouldn’t hire older veterans

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A Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen franchisee in Chester County faces an EEOC lawsuit for allegedly refusing to hire three applicants because of their age.

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.

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