A 45-year-old sales manager sued under federal age-bias law, saying an insurance company discriminated against older managers. He argued that the company's hiring policy targeted younger managers to match its recruitment effort at college campuses. The allegation alone was enough to keep the case moving forward in an Illinois federal court. (Beard v. Prudential Ins. Co. of Am., No. 00-C-3874, N.D. Ill., 2002)
- Is a Policy Still a Policy if It's Not in Writing?
- Be prepared to show business necessity if hiring rule excludes members of protected class
- Firing reasons: Make sure all statements are consistent
- Different education standards for young applicants is legal
- Ensure doctors are fully credentialed for workers' comp duty