A Wisconsin company has settled an EEOC age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit after it fired two employees—on their birthdays.
According to the employees’ EEOC complaint, the owner of Stack Brothers Mechanical Contractors announced that he planned to fire a man, who had worked for the company for 16 years, once he turned 62.
Both the man and a woman who had worked at Stack Brothers for 25 years warned the owner his plan was illegal under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
When the owner followed through and fired the man on his birthday, the woman filed an internal complaint. She was then suspended for two days and, according the EEOC lawsuit, had to suffer a hostile work environment, but not for very long.
She, too, was fired on her 62nd birthday.
After the two filed a complaint with the EEOC, alleging age discrimination and retaliation, conciliation efforts failed. That’s when the EEOC sued—and Stack Brothers decided it was time to settle.
The company agreed to pay the fired man $95,000; the woman will get $35,000. Additionally, the company will pay $10,000 of their legal fees and train managers and supervisors and, presumably, the owner, about age discrimination.