EEOC Accuses Health Insurance Broker of Age Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against a Melville, New York based health insurance brokerage, alleging that the company systematically discriminated against certain employees based on their age. In the complaint, the EEOC claims that PJP Health Agency Inc. routinely subjected only its three administrative staff members older than 40 to vulgar, age-based insults and eventually fired the employees for complaining about the ongoing harassment. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the employees in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on charges of violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The EEOC is seeking injunctive relief, compensation for lost wages and other monetary damages for the fired employees. 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.

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