What is age discrimination?

Age discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) less favorably because of his or her age.  The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) only forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. Some states do have laws that protect younger workers from age discrimination.  The law forbids discrimination 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. See our prior post.

Recently nine former cocktail servers at the Resort Casino in Atlantic City claim they were fired because they didn’t fit the stereotype of what a sexy woman looks like.  The women, all of whom were long time employees of Resort Casino were fired according the complaint filed because they did not meet “uniform standards”.

The fired cocktail waitresses alleged the casino ordered them to dress in flapper style uniforms and be photographed to judge whether they were sexy enough to keep their jobs. According to the complaint all of those fired agreed to the humiliation, but were then dismissed in favor of much younger women.

If you have experienced this kind of discrimination in the workplace, I would like to hear your story.