The largest telephone company in the United States will have to update its databases to ensure former workers are not “blocked” from being rehired and certify annually in writing it is complying with a three-year consent decree as part of a settlement reached in a nationwide age discrimination lawsuit, Reuters reported on October 25, 2011. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against AT&T Inc in August 2009 accusing it of age discrimination for refusing to rehire more than 50,000 workers who had retired from the telephone company.
According to Reuters, the decree will require Dallas-based AT&T to end any prohibitions against rehiring workers who left under two retirement programs between 1998 and 2001 and one related to SBC Communications Inc’s 2005 purchase of the former AT&T Corp, which created the current company. The EEOC had accused AT&T of having “no legitimate reason not to rehire workers who retired under the programs,” according to Reuters. Business Insurance reported that there is no dollar amount noted in the decree and the parties agreed to be responsible for their own attorney fees and costs.
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