U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Federal Agency Charged Retailer Fired an Older Worker Because of Age
ATLANTA – Champion Window Company of Columbus, Ga., LLC, a retailer and installer of window, door, vinyl siding and patio rooms, and its corporate parent, Champion Retailco, LLC, will pay $80,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.
In its lawsuit, filed on July 26, 2010 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Columbus Division (Case No.: 4:10-CV-00080-CDL), the EEOC charged that a top manager reportedly issued an order that installation manager Ronald Henderson be fired and “someone young and energetic” be hired in his place. Further, the agency charged that the employer had Henderson train his much younger replacement just prior to his own discharge.
Such alleged conduct violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which prohibits employers from subjecting employees to discrimination due to age. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
The consent decree settling the suit, in addition to the monetary relief, includes provisions for equal employment opportunity training and reporting and posting of anti-discrimination notices. In the suit and consent decree, Champion denied any liability or wrongdoing.
“The Commission is pleased that Champion committed to resolving this matter and to taking the necessary steps to ensure future compliance with the law,” said Robert Dawkins, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Atlanta District Office.
The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at www.eeoc.gov.