Marilyn Ducksworth, a longtime spokeswoman for Penguin Group (USA), is suing the publisher, alleging age discrimination. Ducksworth, 56, filed papers in New York’s Supreme Court seeking lost pay and punitive damages. After 27 years with Penguin, Ducksworth resigned after she protested the demotion and firing of older colleagues. Ducksworth alleges that Penguin’s discrimination against her included “diminishing her executive responsibilities, dismantling her staff” and “interfering with her internal and external professional relationships.” Full article.

Retaliating against individuals who oppose what they believe to be discriminatory conduct on the basis of age (40 years of age or older) violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The ADEA’s protections apply to both employees and job applicants. Under the ADEA, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of his/her age with respect to any term, condition, or privilege of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, job assignments, and training. The ADEA permits employers to favor older workers based on age even when doing so adversely affects a younger worker who is 40 or older. It is illegal for an employer to refuse to promote an employee because she filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC, even if EEOC later determined no discrimination occurred. The law forbids retaliation when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.

The attorneys at Leeds Brown Law, P.C., dedicate a large amount of their practice to discrimination claims. For any questions, contact an attorney at the Leeds Brown Law P.C. for a free consultation at 1-800-585-4658.