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Aged Teacher Sues School Administrators for Refusing to Grant Promotion

Being too old for a supervisory post tend to shun employers. Administrators argue that aged employees lack the agility and attractiveness that are vital for leadership, but are present among younger employees. Sadly, this reason may put owners into legal trouble as Title VII of Civil Rights Act prohibits such discrimination.

Take the case of a 54-year-old school teacher who filed a complaint with US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after twice denied of promotion.

According to reports, Arlene Lent has worked as teacher in Thomasville City Schools for 16 years and already obtained her principal’s license in North Carolina. She applied for two assistant principal positions in years 2007 and 2008, but was denied on the basis of her age. She later found out that two younger teachers, who were less qualified, were hired for the position.

Lent reported the discrimination actions to EEOC. The aggrieved employee explained to the federal agency that she was more qualified for the position, but was rejected because of her age, reports said.

Reports said the federal agency filed the lawsuit in the Middle District of North Carolina after initiating a conciliation process. The Thomasville City Schools administration agreed to pay $25,000 as settlement as well as abide with EEOC regulations.

Discriminating against workers who are older than 40 years old violates federal labor laws. Employers have the responsibility to provide equal opportunity among workers without bias on age. Employers also have to implement a fair hiring process that includes experienced employees among candidates.

The Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964 mandates employers to ensure a workplace that is free from discrimination or harassment. Failure to prevent and correct misconduct carries stringent court penalties.

The employer should have considered hiring the experienced worker. The school should have benefitted from the expertise and dedication of the qualified teacher amidst her older age.

For more information on age discrimination in the workplace, you may consult with a Labor attorney in Los Angeles. Your employment lawyer will guide you throughout the process of litigation. Dial 1-866-772-2889 or email us at for a free case analysis.

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