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Looking for a ‘younger’ worker you can ‘groom’?

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Those are some dangerous words a hiring manager can utter in front of a job candidate.

A Florida plant manager allegedly told a 52-year-old job applicant, who had extensive experience in the job he sought, that he “did not want to waste his time” and that he was looking for a “younger” person for the position whom he could “groom.” Ultimately, the company hired a 23-year-old with little to no experience to fill the position, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the spurned applicant.

Note: The EEOC says it “will act to vigorously protect the rights of older workers to compete for available positions in the workforce for which they are qualified.”

Online resource: For more infor­­mation on age discrimination, see the EEOC's guidelines.

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