A 63-year-old woman along with six of her co-workers have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against McDonald’s Restaurants of California Inc. The six woman and one man are suing the company alleging that they were all fired because they are over the age of 40. The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges wrongful termination, age discrimination and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The lawsuit stems from an incident that began back in 2012, when a new manager came on board at the restaurant on Parthenia Street. According to the complaint, the female manager reportedly began cutting back on the hours of the older workers that were employed at the restaurant in an effort to make them quit. The complaint states that she also refused to let them take their breaks at their scheduled times.
The lawsuit further states that when the manager’s attempt to force the more senior workers into quitting was not successful, she allegedly decided to take advantage of a restaurant remodeling that began during December in 2013. That was when she began transferring younger employees to other restaurants through the remodel while telling the older employees that they could reapply for their positions once the renovation was complete. The seven allege that instead of plans for rehiring, however, she made it known that she wanted the restaurant to be full of younger employees that spoke English.
Individuals who believe they have been fired due to age discrimination may be entitled to compensation and could find it beneficial to learn more about their valuable legal rights.
Source: My News LA, “Former Northridge McDonald’s workers sue for alleged ageism,” Debbie L Sklar, June 22, 2015