Looking to Hire “Fresh” Employees?

If your answer is “yes,” then you better look for an attorney at the same time, because “fresh” is apparently a code word for young, and as a national restaurant chain just discovered, may be the basis of a claim for age discrimination.  According to the EEOC, Seasons 52 refused to hire older employees for front-of-house positions because they were seeking to project a youthful image.  Restaurant hiring officials are also alleged to have told applicants that they were not looking for “old white guys.”  Regardless of whether the EEOC prevails on its claims for age discrimination, the case is a reminder to employers to be very careful when hiring to create an “image” for their business.  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/2-12-15a.cfm

 

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