Seven former workers have filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s Restaurants of California Inc., accusing it of discrimination after they were allegedly fired because of their age.
According to Northridge Patch, the former employees say that they were wrongfully terminated in the lawsuit, filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court. The lawsuit claims that the workers were terminated as part of a “deliberate and unlawful scheme to replace them with a substantially younger workforce.”
The lawsuit claims that after the restaurant on Parthenia Street hired a new manager in 2012, older workers hours were cut and their rest breaks were denied. The lawsuit says that younger workers did not face the same treatment, as the older employees were marginalized.
Additionally, the lawsuit states that after the restaurant underwent a renovation in December 2013, younger workers at the establishment were moved to another location while older workers were laid off.
The older workers were told they could re-apply for their jobs at the restaurant once the remodeling project was completed. However, none of them were rehired. The lawsuit claims that the manager at the restaurant declared her intention to staff the business with “a younger, English-speaking workforce.”
My Employer Subjected Me to Age Discrimination. Should I Speak to an Attorney?
This case is alarming. Remember, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects older workers from unfair treatment at work. The ADEA was designed to protect people over the age of 40 from experiencing complications during hiring process and from wrongful termination. Qualified workers should not be treated unfairly because of their age.
If you believe that you are the victim of age discrimination, you should speak to our Los Angeles labor attorneys, as your rights may have been violated. Keep following our blog for more information about California labor law.
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