After many years of service and loyalty, most older employees expect that their work will be appreciated. Seven people who worked for at a McDonald's restaurant in California allege that they lost their jobs due to employment discrimination. The claimants consist of one male and six females who were all over 40 years of age.
The plaintiffs claim that their problems began when a new manager was hired in 2012. They believe that she had plans to rid her location of older workers, so she began to create adverse working conditions for the plaintiffs. She allegedly began decreasing the hours for all of the older employees. They also assert that she did not allow them to take their breaks in a timely fashion.
According to the plaintiffs, their manager's attempts to remove the older employees did not work so when the restaurant needed remodeled, she allegedly leveraged the situation in her favor. One of the plaintiffs claim that the their manager expressly said that she only wanted younger people to work at her location. The woman allegedly selected young workers who would get a transfer while the construction was happening and everyone else would have the opportunity to reapply once the all of the renovation was complete.
After the store was remodeled, the plaintiffs assert that they were never given the chance to return to their former positions. The workers filed a complaint against McDonald's Restaurants of California Inc., claiming employment discrimination. The plaintiffs are seeking damages for their case because of the stress and strain the situation caused them.
Source: patch.com, "Employees Sue Local McDonald's Alleging Age Discrimination", Paige Austin, June 22, 2015